Courts Matter in the Lives of Native Women and Native Youth


I don’t like pointing out negatives but this just needs to be discovered by more who care about the Tribal Issues — -keith

In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a national chain of stores is asking for the elimination of all tribal court civil jurisdiction over non-Indian conduct on tribal lands. This would be alarming enough without also knowing that this case was originally filed in Tribal Court on behalf of a Native child who was sexually assaulted by a Dollar General supervisor for a job training program. The corporation is trying to avoid accountability for the conduct of its employee who committed sexual violence by arguing that it is unconstitutional for the Tribal Court to exercise jurisdiction over an assault perpetrated on tribal lands. This case has huge implications and yet many people don’t even know it is was heard by the Supreme Court on December 7th.

Source: Courts Matter in the Lives of Native Women and Native Youth

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