An alleged sexual assault of a Choctaw teenager in a Dollar General store on the reservation, turned into a high-profile Supreme Court case. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the petitioners argue tribal courts can’t provide a fair and do not have jurisdiction. The tribe maintains it has jurisdiction to hear the civil case and has the power to impose penalties in tribal court. A decision by the Supreme Court could have a far-reaching effect on tribal sovereignty and the power of tribal courts. Should tribal courts have the power to hear civil suits against non-Native owned businesses?
Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation) – partner at Pipestem Law
Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) – professor of law at Arizona State University
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