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Supreme Court upholds tribal rights


Last updated 6/3/2019 at 1:33pm

US Forest Service

The Supreme Court handed down a victory to the Crow Tribe regarding a case of hunting on unoccupied treaty lands.

WYOMING-The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion issued May 20 in Herrera v. Wyoming, a tribal treaty rights case.

The dispute initially arose in 2014, when Herrera and fellow Crow tribe members were hunting on their reservation in Montana. They followed elk that crossed into the Bighorn National Forest in neighboring Wyoming, shot the elk there and took the meat back home. 

Fighting his Wyoming state convictions for hunting violations, Herrera argued that a 19th century treaty between the tribe and the federal government allowed him to hun...

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