Tenth Circuit Affirms Immunity for Tribal Business Arms

In Native American Distributing v. Seneca-Cayuga Tobacco Co., the Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court order dismissing a claim against the company, a wholly owned business of the Seneca-Cayuga Indian Tribe. A closer question was whether the tribe’s officers might be individually liable under Ex parte Young, but the plaintiffs did not properly plead a claim against them in their individual capacities.

Here are the briefs.

And the opinion: native-american-distributing-ca10-opinion

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