Published June 24, 2016
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker issued a statement Friday in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
With the Supreme Court’s decision a 4 to 4 tie, the ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was upheld. The lower court ruled the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Tribal Courts had jurisdiction over Dollar General in a civil case resulting from an employee’s action that occurred on tribal land. Chief Baker’s statement is as follows:
“As tribal sovereign governments, we applaud the Supreme Court’s preservation of our right to protect tribal citizens on tribal land. The Cherokee Nation is taking critical steps to strengthen its ability to arrest, convict and prosecute people who commit crime in our jurisdiction and against our citizens. We also continue to strengthen our civil code to allow us to increase our exercise of civil jurisdiction over non-Indian people and companies who commit wrongs within the Cherokee Nation. This will better protect all of our citizens, including our most vulnerable, like the elderly, women, and children.”
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