New Mexico Court of Appeals Affirms Tribal Immunity from Suit re: Land

Here is that court’s opinion in Armijo v. Pueblo of Laguna. An excerpt:

The Pueblo of Laguna (the Pueblo) appeals the order of the district court denying the Pueblo’s motion to dismiss the cross-claims of Appellee Robert Armijo (Armijo) filed in a quiet title suit. Our resolution of this appeal requires us to consider the issue of tribal sovereign immunity as it relates to non-tribal land purchased by the Pueblo and whether the Pueblo is an indispensable party. We hold that the Pueblo is immune from suit under the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity and, further, that the Pueblo is an indispensable party who cannot be joined. Accordingly, we reverse the order of the district court and remand for dismissal of Armijo’s cross-claims.

Interestingly, this case was decided Oct. 6, right before the Supreme Court granted cert in Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation.

One thought on “New Mexico Court of Appeals Affirms Tribal Immunity from Suit re: Land

  1. Matt February 18, 2011 / 3:06 pm

    There is an article in the Albuquerque Journal today about this case.

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