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Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute


Call it the case that Indian Country forgot. Amid all the flurry over Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, another tribal jurisdiction dispute was awaiting attention at the U.S. Supreme Court.

But just like their anti-climactic tie in Dollar General, the justices ended Jensen v. EXC with little fanfare. An order list issued on Tuesday informed two families from the Navajo Nation that their petition was "denied" -- no explanation was offered.

But the families -- who are seeking justice for a fatal accident that occurred on the reservation more than a decade ago -- perhaps deserved more. After filing their petition nearly a year ago, they waited and waited and waited for the nation's highest court to let them know whether their case would be accepted during a historic term that saw four Indian law disputes on the docket.


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