9th Circuit rejects Crow constitution challenge
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the new constitution of the Crow Tribe of Montana.

Frances Harris, a tribal member, sued tribal officials and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials for approving the 2001 constitution. In an unpublished opinion, the 9th said she failed to exhaust her tribal remedies before heading to federal court.

The court also said BIA officials are protected by sovereign immunity.

The 2001 constitution eliminates federal review of future changes.

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Appeals court backs Crow constitution (AP 4/1)

9th Circuit Decision:
Harris v. Parisian (March 30, 2009)