Dollar General vs. Choctaw Indians: A decade-long battle over the jurisdiction of the sexual-assault case


Having a Native land, Choctaw Indians have been granted the sovereignty to take over legal cases or issues that are experienced by their people. However, with this current issue, the main premise is whether or not the tribal courts of the Indian country have jurisdiction over non-Native individuals.

The decade-long battle is about the case of a 13-year old Choctaw who worked in a Dollar general company. As reported by Slate the child purportedly have experienced being sexually harassed by his Dollar general employer and when the child's family decided to file a case against him on their tribal court, the Dollar general employer have objected the case. He is claiming that tribal courts do not have civil jurisdiction over non-Indian individuals.


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