ABA Journal

Tribal Law/Courts

80 ABA Journal Tribal Law/Courts articles.

Status of Late-Recognized Indian Tribes at Issue in High Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether the federal government can take land into trust for an Indian tribe, a move that could bar states from preventing the…

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Flanked By Marshals, Federal Judge Visits Troubled Trailer Park

In an unusual firsthand look at the conditions of a trailer park, U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson trekked through muddy roads, accompanying inspectors at Duroville on the Torres Martinez Indian…

Tribal Courts a Tough Gig for Judges

Underfunded and something of an afterthought in the nation’s legal scheme, tribal courts present special challenges for the judges who oversee them.

Judge Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, for instance, sounded much…

Casino Suits a Gamble in Tribal System

Plaintiffs who want to sue Indian-owned casinos are finding justice depends on tribal court systems that may be lacking in fairness, some lawyers contend.

Many tribes with casinos and other…

1st Native American Lawyer in SD Dies

Corrected: Ramon Roubideaux, a well-known American Indian lawyer who represented activists involved in the 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1973,…

Law Enforcement Gap on Tribal Lands

Native American women living on reservations are more than twice as likely to be raped as other women in the United States. One reason why is a quirk in the…

Laws Create Tribal Justice Gap

Federal laws and court precedents limit the authority of tribes to prosecute crimes, creating a “justice gap” on reservations, according to a Wall Street Journal report…

Greater Authority Sought for Tribal Courts

Amnesty International is asking Congress to give the American Indian tribes authority to prosecute cases against any offender on Indian land and to impose sentences commensurate with the crimes.


Betting on Their Future

Flush With Casino Cash, American Indians Are Laying the Creative Legal Groundwork for New Ventures

Greetings From ‘Independent’ Hawaii

A Drive to Gain Some Measure of Self-Government for Hawaii’s Native Population Raises Questions About Whether the State Could Even Leave the Union