indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Indian Law Online Master Degree
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Tribes want 9th Circuit to rehear Viejas Band immunity case

Filed Under: Law
More on: 9th circuit, arizona, california, immunity, viejas, washington
   

A sovereign immunity case that went against the fire department run by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is drawing significant interest in Indian Country.

Last September, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Viejas Fire Department and two of the tribe's emergency responders can be sued in connection with an incident in which a non-Indian woman died after being placed in a tribal ambulance.

The Viejas Band is now asking the court to rehear the case, saying it will negatively impact tribes and their local government partners. The 9th Circuit covers eight states and is home to more than 200 tribes.

"The court’s decision in this case, if allowed to stand without rehearing, will create clear intra-circuit and inter-circuit conflicts, will dramatically increase the cost of emergency fire and medical services for Indian tribes, and will discourage tribes from providing much needed emergency services in cooperation with state and local governments," the tribe said in a petition.

Other tribes are siding with the Viejas Band. So far, more than 20 tribes from California, Arizona and Washington have signed onto briefs to ask court to rehear the case.

"Amici are particularly concerned that the holding presents a direct threat to the cooperation and tangible benefits that California’s Indian tribes and their neighboring communities derive from mutual and automatic aid agreements," one brief that was signed by 15 tribes stated. " If the court’s holding stands as valid precedent, amici believe that it will discourage tribal governments from entering into such agreements, resulting in a degradation of the levels of public safety on both tribal lands and in nearby communities. This brief addresses the issues which surround tribal participation in mutual and automatic aid agreements and the deleterious effect of the court’s holding on them."

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Maxwell v. County of San Diego.

9th Circuit Decision:
Maxwell v. County of San Diego (September 13, 2012)

Related Stories:
Court allows lawsuit against Viejas emergency responders (9/17)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Eyapaha Today: Oneida singer follows in mother's footsteps (10/22)
Native Sun News: Candidate seeks investigation into program (10/22)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota people disrespect our language (10/22)
Cedric Sunray: Standing together to fight tribal disenrollment (10/22)
SCIA to hold listening session at NCAI on Indian education bill (10/22)
FNDI urges passage for Indian Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act (10/22)
Chumash Tribe praises BIA movement on land-into-trust bid (10/22)
Steven Newcomb: The role of Latin in empire and colonization (10/22)
Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case (10/22)
Navajo Nation presidential hopeful to be removed from ballot (10/22)
Aging BIA school on Navajo Nation awaits replacement funds (10/22)
Review: NMAI treaties exhibit underscores misunderstandings (10/22)
Alaska Native elders and youth share issues at annual meeting (10/22)
Shinnecock Nation allows felons to hold office in certain cases (10/22)
2nd Circuit hears appeal from former chairman of Pequot Tribe (10/22)
Rep. Don Young criticized for comments to high school students (10/22)
Candidates differ on Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino bid (10/22)
Poarch Creeks to add hotel to casino with $65M expansion plan (10/22)
Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino (10/22)
North Fork Rancheria blames rival tribes for holding up compact (10/22)
Ballot proposal authorizes more Class III games in South Dakota (10/22)
Blog: Predictions for gaming with Hillary Clinton in White House (10/22)
Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island (10/21)
Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives ready for conference and election (10/21)
BIA announces consultations for secretarial election regulation (10/21)
Chelsey Luger & Gyasi Ross: From slow suicide to slow healing (10/21)
Bill John Baker: Addressing breast cancer in our communities (10/21)
ICT interview with Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn of BIA (10/21)
Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case (10/21)
Column: Billy Mills still inspires 50 years after Olympic victory (10/21)
Editorial: Winnebago Tribe's business makes a big contribution (10/21)
Lincoln Indian Center adopts permanent alcohol ban after party (10/21)
Suquamish Tribe shares fish from hatchery at annual giveaway (10/21)
Editorial: Bad move by Northern Arapaho Tribe on joint council (10/21)
Wisconsin court to hear appeal over Oneida Nation waste plant (10/21)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe reaches out to family that lost home to fire (10/21)
Closure of Chukchansi Tribe's casino affects reservation water (10/21)
Eastern Shawnee Tribe considers casino on ancestral Ohio site (10/21)
Town meeting for Lac Vieux Desert Band off-reservation casino (10/21)
North Fork Rancheria won't give up off-reservation casino plan (10/21)
Tohono O'odham Nation was looking for off-reservation casino (10/21)
Poarch Creeks won't confirm or deny talks for gaming compact (10/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.