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DOJ to join argument in tribal court jurisdiction case


The U.S. Supreme Court granted a motion to allow the Department of Justice to participate in oral arguments in an upcoming tribal jurisdiction case.

The court will hear Plains Commerce Bank v. Long on April 14. The case concerns a non-Indian bank's attempt to avoid the jurisdiction of the courts of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

The Bush administration is backing behalf of Ronnie and Lila Long, tribal members who suedPlains Commerce Bank in tribal court for breach of contract and discrimination. A DOJ brief said tribal courts play a "vital role" in tribal self-governance.

Relevant Documents:
Docket Sheet: No. 07-411 | Briefs on the Merits

Appeals Court Decision:
Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company (June 26, 2007)

Lower Court Decision:
Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company (July 18, 2006)

Related Decision:
Smith v. Salish Kootenai College (January 10, 2006)

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