Thursday, 28 January 2016

Law suit over Treaty Terms

The implications over treaty terms and the boundaries of indigenous nations' lands is not something that is a relic from the past. It is something that continues to have a great deal of relevance in the present day, as this article about a law suit on the 1855 treaty between the US federal government and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odowa Indians points out.  At issue includes jurisdiction over legal matters -- whether the jurisdiction is in tribal court or in the state legal system. The article notes "child welfare, grave protection, income tax laws, and jurisdiction within the reservation" are raised as areas of contention in the law suit. 

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