Supreme Court takes up Indian law cases as tribes face new 'unknown'


October 20, 2021

The Speaking Rock Entertainment Center is owned and operated by the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, also known as the Tigua Tribe, in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Speaking Rock Entertainment Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The nation's highest court is back in session amid COVID-19 and it's shaping up to be a busy one for tribes and their advocates.

In an order list on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court added only two new cases to the docket for its October 2021 term. The action was notable in and of of itself, since both cases happen to come from Indian Country.

But the granting of the petitions in Denezpi v. United States and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas presents new challenges for the tribal legal community. That's because there's a new member of the high court, one who doesn't have much of a record when it comes to Indian Country's interests.


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