Supreme Court

We will be adding materials about the Federal Indian Law cases that have reached the United States Supreme Court, including links to the decisions, briefs, and the record as we get them.


Tuscarora Nation of Indians v. Power Authority (1958) (in-chambers opinion)

Williams v. Lee (1959)

Village of Kake v. Egan (1959) (in-chambers opinion)

Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation (1960)

Matlakatla Indian Community of Annette Island v. Egan (1960)

United States v. Grand River Dam Authority (1960)

Seymour v. Superintendent (1962)

Metlakatla Indian Community v. Egan (1962)

Organized Village of Kake v. Egan (1962)

Arizona v. California (1963)

Warren Trading Post v. Arizona State Tax Commission (1965)

Poafpybitty v. Skelly Oil (1968 )

Peoria Tribe v. United States (1968 )

Puyallup Tribe v. Dept. of Game (1968 )

Menominee Tribe v. United States (1968 )

Choctaw Nation v. Oklahoma (1970)

Tooahnippah v. Hickel (1970)

Kennerly v. District Court (1971)

United States v. Southern Ute (1971)

Affiliated Ute Citizens v. United States (1972)

United States v. Jim (1972)

Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Jones (1973)

McClanahan v. State Tax Commission of Arizona (1973)

Keeble v. United States (1973)

Tonasket v. Washington (1973)

United States v. Mason (1973)

Mattz v. Arnett (1973)

Department of Game v. Puyallup Tribe (1973)

Oneida Indian Nation v. Oneida County (1974)

Morton v. Ruiz (1974)

Morton v. Mancari (1974)

United States v. Mazurie (1975)

Antoine v. Washington (1975)

DeCoteau v. District Court (1975)

Chemehuevi Tribe of Indians v. Federal Power Commission (1975)

Fisher v. District Court (1976)

Colorado River Water Conservation Dist. v. United States (1976)

Moe v. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (1976)

Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. Hollowbreast (1976)

Cappaert v. United States (1976)

Bryan v. Itasca County (1976)

Delaware Tribal Business Committee v. Weeks (1977)

Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Kneip (1977)

United States v. Antelope (1977)

Puyallup Tribe v. Dept. of Game (1977)

Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe (1978 )

United States v. Wheeler (1978 )

Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez (1978 )

United States v. John (1978 )

Andrus v. Allard (1979)

Washington v. Yakima Indian Nation (1979)

Wilson v. Omaha Tribe (1979)

Washington v. Fishing Vessel (1979)

State of Idaho ex rel. Evans v. Oregon & Washington (1980)

United States v. Clarke (1980)

United States v. Mitchell (1980)

Andrus v. Glover Constr. Co. (1980)

Washington v. Confederated Colville Tribes (1980)

Central Machinery v. Arizona State Tax Commission (1980)

White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Bracker (1980)

United States v. Sioux Nation (1980)

Montana v. United States (1981)

Merrion v. Jicarilla Apache Tribe (1982)

Ramah Navajo School Board v. Bureau of Revenue of New Mexico (1982)

Arizona v. California (1983)

New Mexico v. Mescalero Apache Tribe (1983)

Nevada v. United States (1983)

United States v. Mitchell (1983)

Rice v. Rehner (1983)

Arizona v. San Carlos Apache Tribe (1983)

Solem v. Bartlett (1984)

Escondido Mut. Water Co. v. Mission Indians (1984)

National Farmers Union v. Crow Tribe (1984) (in-chambers opinion)

Three Affiliated v. Wold Engineering (1984)

United States v. Dann (1985)

Oneida County v. Oneida Indian Nation (1985)

Kerr-McGee v. Navajo Tribe (1985)

National Farmers Union v. Crow Tribe (1985)

Montana v. Blackfeet Tribe (1985)

Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co. v. Pueblo of Santa Ana (1985)

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife v. Klamath Indian Tribe (1985)

Cal. State Board of Equalization v. Chemehuevi Indian Tribe (1985)

South Carolina v. Catawba Indian Tribe (1986)

United States v. Mottaz (1986)

United States v. Dion (1986)

Bowen v. Roy (1986)

Three Affiliated v. Wold Engineering (1986)

Iowa Mutual v. LaPlante (1987)

California v. Cabazon Band (1987)

Amoco Production v. Village of Gambell (1987)


United States v. Cherokee Nation (1987)

Hodel v. Irving (1987)

Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery (1988 )

Employment Division v. Smith (1988 )

Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Graham (1989)

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield (1989)

Cotton Petroleum v. New Mexico (1989)

Brendale v. Yakima Indian Nation (1989)

Employment Division v. Smith (1990)

Wyoming v. United States (1990) (aff’d by equally divided Court)

Duro v. Reina (1990)

Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Citizen Potawatomi (1991)

Blatchford v. Native Village of Noatak (1991)

County of Yakima v. Yakima Indian Nation (1992)

Negonsott v. Samuels (1993)

Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Sac and Fox Nation (1993)

Lincoln v. Vigil (1993)

South Dakota v. Bourland (1993)

Hagen v. Utah (1994)

Department of Taxation and Finance of New York v. Milhelm Attea (1994)

Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Chickasaw Nation (1995)

Seminole Tribe v. Florida (1996)

Babbitt v. Youpee (1997)

Strate v. A-1 (1997)

Idaho v. Coeur d’Alene Tribe (1997)

South Dakota v. Yankton Sioux Tribe (1998 )

Alaska v. Native Village of Venetie (1998 )

Montana v. Crow Tribe (1998 )

Kiowa Tribe v. Manufacturing Techs. (1998 )

Cass County v. Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (1998 )

Arizona Dept. of Revenue v. Blaze Constr. (1999)

El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. Neztsosie (1999)

Minnesota v. Mille Lacs (1999)

Amoco Production v. Southern Ute (1999)

Rice v. Cayetano (2000)

Arizona v. California (2000)

Dept. of Interior v. Klamath Water Users (2001)

C&L Enters v. Citizen Potawatomi (2001)

Atkinson Trading v. Shirley (2001)

Idaho v. United States (2001)

Nevada v. Hicks (2001)

Chickasaw Nation v. United States (2001)

United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe (2003)

United States v. Navajo Nation (2003)

Inyo County v. Bishop Paiute (2003)

United States v. Lara (2004)

South Florida Water Management Dist. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians (2004)

Cherokee Nation v. Leavitt (2005)

Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation (2005)

Wagnon v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (2005)

Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co. (2008 )

Carcieri v. Salazar (2009)

Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (2009)

United States v. Navajo Nation (2009)

Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation (2011)

United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation (2011)

United States v. Eastern Shawnee Tribe (2011)

United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation (2011)

Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Nation (2012)

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak (2012)

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013)

Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community (2014)

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States (2016)

Nebraska v. Parker (2016)

Sturgeon v. Frost (2016)

U.S. v. Bryant (2016)

Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (2016)

Lewis v. Clarke (2017) [Oyez]

Patchak v. Zinke (2018) [Oyez]

Upper Skagit Tribe v. Lundgren (2018) [Oyez]

Washington v. United States (2018) [Oyez]

Washington Dept. of Revenue v. Cougar Den Inc. (2019) [Oyez]

Sturgeon v. Frost (2019)

Herrera v. Wyoming (2019) [Oyez]

McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020) [Oyez]

Sharp v. Murphy (2020) [Oyez]

United States v. Cooley (2021) [Oyez]

Yellen v. Confederated Chehalis Tribes (2021) [Oyez]

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas (2022) [Oyez]

Denezpi v. United States (2022) [Oyez]

Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta (2022) [Oyez]

Haaland v. Brackeen (2023) [Oyez]

6 thoughts on “Supreme Court

  1. Matt January 13, 2009 / 9:12 pm

    480 U.S. 531

  2. David S. Case December 14, 2010 / 12:24 pm

    Great resource!

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