Results of Second Turtle Talk Poll: Worcester v. Georgia Most Important Indian Law Precedent

Here are the results of our second poll — what is the most important Federal Indian Law Supreme Court opinion?

  1. Worcester v. Georgia — 32 percent
  2. Montana v. United States — 18 percent
  3. Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe — 11 percent
  4. Johnson v. M’Intosh — 8 percent
  5. Carcieri v. Salazar — 7 percent
  6. Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez — 6 percent
  7. California v. Cabazon Band — 6 percent
  8. Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation — 5 percent
  9. Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock — 2 percent

No other case received more than 1 percent of the vote.

Personally, I would have voted for Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez. Tribal sovereign immunity, power to tribal courts to decide internal disputes, membership criteria to be decided by the tribes.