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Supreme Court rejects two Indian law cases


The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected petitions in two Indian law cases.

Without comment, the justices declined South Fork Band v. United States. The case involves a long-running challenge to an Indian Claims Commission ruling that said the Western Shoshone Nation was owed $26 million for the loss of their lands.

The justices also rejected Roberts v. Hagener. The case was a challenge to Montana state regulations that limit hunting on reservations to members of federally-recognized tribes.

One more case, Michigan Gambling Opposition v. Kempthorne remains on the docket even though the justices considered it at their closed-door conference last week. The case is a challenge to the land-into-trust provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act and whether they apply to tribes that weren't recognized as of 1934.

Relevant Documents:
Supreme Court Order Sheet (January 12, 2009)

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