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U.S. Supreme Court sets oral argument in 'bad men' treaty rights case


February 5, 2021

Teepees in Crow Agency, Montana, where the headquarters of the Crow Tribe are also located. Photo: Robert Blyth

The nation's highest court will hear arguments in United States v. Cooley, a case that impacts the treaty rights of the Crow Tribe, on March 23.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced the hearing in an order on Monday. It marks the first argument in an Indian law case of the current term.

At issue in Cooley is whether tribal police officers have the ability to temporarily detain and search non-Indians. The dispute arose out of a traffic stop on the Crow Reservation in Montana and resulted in a discovery of methamphetamine and a firearm - as well as a young child - in a vehicle that was seen driving erratically.


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