Issue: Tribal Jurisdiction
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Term: October 2015
Oral Argument: December 7, 2015
Opinion: Per Curiam
Lower Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Whether Indian tribal courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate civil tort claims against nonmembers, including as a means of regulating the conduct of nonmembers who enter into consensual relationships with a tribe or its members.
The RLC filed a brief on the merits in a case where the U.S. Supreme Court will decide when a tribe has jurisdiction over nonmembers doing business on tribal lands. The RLC's brief asks the Court to adopt a simple, workable legal standard to eliminate uncertainty for retailers who provide consumer goods and services and jobs to people living on tribal lands.
The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.