U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction in Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw

united-states-supreme-court-building-631__800x600_q85_crop(June 23, 2016) – Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (No. 13-1496). The decision was a 4 to 4 tie, meaning that there is no written opinion, and the evenly divided court affirms the decision of the Fifth Circuit, which upheld the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Tribal Courts over a tort claim brought by a tribal member against a corporation doing business on the reservation. The Fifth Circuit decision is not direct precedent outside of the Fifth Circuit (Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas) but is persuasive for other courts and affirms the longstanding legal principle that tribal courts have civil jurisdiction over non-Indian conduct arising from consensual relations on Indian reservations. More Information >>>