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Indian law faces challenge as sex assault case heads to high court


New Mexico tribal leaders say the decision in a long-running Indian law case that will be heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court could impair their ability to govern themselves.

“It’s sad. It’s a direct attack on tribal sovereignty and Native American rights, and it’s plain wrong,” said Joe Talachy, governor of Pojoaque Pueblo.

He was referring to the case involving Dollar General Corp., a multibillion-dollar business with 12,396 stores in the United States, and the federally recognized Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. At issue is whether tribal courts can exercise civil jurisdiction over non-Indians for wrongs committed on their lands.


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