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Michigan Draws a Bottom Pair, But Indian Country Does Not Have a Straight Flush

SCOTUSBlog
May 29, 2014

Steptoe partner Markham Erickson was a guest writer for the SCOTUSblog in a post titled “Opinion Analysis: Michigan Draws a Bottom Pair, But Indian Country Does Not Have a Straight Flush.”  The post, published May 28, provides an analysis of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community.  The case involved a question of jurisdiction and the doctrine of sovereign immunity for federally recognized Indian government.  Michigan sued the tribe over the opening of a tribal Las Vegas-style casino on state land.  The opinion held that Michigan’s lawsuit against the Bay Mills Indian Community was barred by tribal sovereign immunity.  However, the court’s decision leaves open how this decision can apply to principles of tribal sovereignty involving future off-reservation commercial activities.                                                                                                   

The full post can be read at SCOTUSblog.