New Scholarship on Tribal Jurisdiction to Protect Native Women and Children

Sarah Deer & Mary Kathryn Nagle have published Return to Worcester:
 Dollar General and the Restoration of Tribal Jurisdiction to Protect Native Women and Children in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.

An excerpt:

The Supreme Court’s recent 4-4 tie-vote in Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians signals a distinctive shift away from the incoherent modern framework created by Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe—a framework that stripped Tribal Nations of their inherent authority to protect Native women from non-Indian perpetrated violence. With four Justices voting for—and not against—tribal jurisdiction, Dollar General signals a return to the Court’s 1832 decision in Worcester v. Georgia, wherein the Court affirmed the exclusive authority of Tribal Nations to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who willingly enter tribal lands. For Native women—and the Tribal Nations that seek to protect them—the Court’s 2016 result in Dollar General signals a significant victory.

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