High Court: Indian Tribes Can't Sue Localities under Federal Civil Rights Law
Otero, Juan, Nation's Cities Weekly
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously last week that an Indian tribe cannot sue a local government under the federal civil rights law.
State and local governments were carefully watching this tribal sovereignty case given its implications for local law enforcement. The basic question of the case was whether local law enforcement can use search warrants on tribal lands while investigating incidents that occur off the reservation.
If the Supreme Court had ruled that states and local governments did not have the ability to issue search warrants, cities would have faced the dilemma of dealing with the growing number of the 560 federally recognized tribes nationwide that …
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Publication information: Article title: High Court: Indian Tribes Can't Sue Localities under Federal Civil Rights Law. Contributors: Otero, Juan - Author. Magazine title: Nation's Cities Weekly. Volume: 26. Issue: 22 Publication date: June 2, 2003. Page number: 3. © 2009 National League of Cities. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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