Let’s have some fun. I’ve picked 32 of the greatest cases in federal Indian law (it’s my game, so my opinion on which is the top 32 — basically, I picked winners for tribal interests). I’ve seeded them (by date, how’s that for arbitrary) and placed them into a bracket. Vote for which one you think is the greater case. Use whatever criteria you want (e.g., most influential on tribal governance, most important FIL principle, my tribe won, my client won, whatever).
Let’s start today with the top of the bracket, the 1-32, 16-17, 8-25, and 9-24 matchups. UPDATE: Voting ends at 10:30 AM eastern Thursday, Aug. 30. Results revealed after.
Match-Up Number 1
(1) Worcester v. Georgia (1832) (31US515) — State law can have “no force” in Indian country
(32) Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter (2012) (11-551) — Pay CSC out of Congress’ Judgment Fund
Match-up Number 2
(16) Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez (1978) (436US49) — Tribal Immunity from ICRA Claims
(17) Washington v. Fishing Vessel (1979) (443US658) — Affirming Boldt Decision
Match-up Number 3
(8) Arizona v. California (1963) (373US546) — Indian Water Rights to Colorado River
(25) Iowa Mutual v. LaPlante (1987) (480US9) — Tribal Court Exhaustion includes Tribal Appeals Cts.
Match-up Number 4
(9) Menominee Tribe v. United States (1968) (391US404) — Treaty Rights Survived Termination
(24) Oneida County v. Oneida Indian Nation (1985) (470US226) — Non-Intercourse Act Land Claim