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'Endangers everyone on Indian reservations'

Supreme Court urged to respect tribal sovereignty


March 25, 2021

The nation’s highest court has taken up its first Indian law case of the term, with a surprising number of justices seemingly ready to stand up for the sovereign authority of tribal governments, at least when it comes to policing on reservations.

During oral arguments in United States v. Cooley on Tuesday, several members of the U.S. Supreme Court took interest in bolstering public safety in Indian Country. They voiced concerns about the ability of non-Indians to come onto tribal land and get away with criminal activity.

“Consider the situation where the tribal officer has reasonable suspicion that a driver is driving under the influence and would present a danger if allowed to continue to drive, but the officer is pretty certain this person is not an Indian,” Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. said during the hearing.


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