Minnesota COA Confirms Tribal Police Have Power to Detain and Deliver Non-Indians

Here is the opinion in State v. Thompson.

The court’s syllabus:

If a tribal police officer suspects a person who is not an Indian of violating a Minnesota criminal statute on an Indian reservation, and if the victim is not an Indian or there is no victim, the tribal police officer lawfully may detain the person and deliver him or her to state law-enforcement authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

Hualapai Nation Police Chief on Policing in Indian Country


Season 1 | Episode 4: What’s New In Blue: Policing in Indian Country feat. Chief Francis Bradley Sr.

In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Chief Francis Bradley Sr. discusses the importance of culture in policing in Indian Country. Francis Bradley is the Chief of Police for the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs, AZ. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 232 and retired as a commander with the Navajo Nation Police Department where he served from 1980 to 2002.

Federal Court Finds Sac and Fox Nation Police Officer Covered by FTCA

Here are the materials in Richie v. United States (W.D. Okla.):






An excerpt:

The Court, therefore, finds that assisting, when requested, a local law enforcement agency in the enforcement or carrying out of the laws the agency enforces would be encompassed within the law enforcement services included in the Compact and the AFAs. The Court further finds that Eversole’s actions of responding to a Stroud officer’s request for assistance would be encompassed by the Compact and the AFAs.

Federal Court Dismisses Bishop Paiute Challenge to Inyo County Sheriff’s Threat to Prosecute Tribal Cops for Lack of Case and Controversy

Here are the materials in Bishop Paiute Tribe v. Inyo County (E.D. Cal.):

14 Inyo County Motion to Dismiss

15-1 Inyo County Motion to Dismiss

16-1 Inyo County Motion to Dismiss

21 Tribal Opposition

25 Inyo County Reply

26 Inyo County Reply

27 Inyo County Reply

33 Tribal Opposition

35 DCT Order

We posted the complaint here.

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Two Indian Law Cases

Here is today’s order list.

The Court denied cert in Dupris v. Procter and Hicks v. Hudson Insurance.

New Mexico COA Remands Sandia Police Sexual Harassment Suit

Here is the opinion in South v. Lujan:


An excerpt:

Plaintiff-Appellant Tiffany South—a former officer with the Sandia Pueblo Police Department (Plaintiff) filed a complaint for violation of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA), retaliatory discharge, and tortious inference with contract against Defendants-Appellees Isaac Lujan, William Duran, and Mary-Alice Brogdon (collectively, Defendants) in their individual capacities. The district court granted Appellees’ motion to dismiss based on lack of jurisdiction. Because the record on appeal is insufficient to permit review, we reverse and remand for factual development on the issues relevant to state court jurisdiction.