Navajo tribal court jurisdiction ruling [9th Circuit]

Means v. Navajo Nation, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, August 24, 2005 [ruling that a Navajo tribal court can proceed with its prosecution of Russell Means even though he is not a member of the tribe]. Excerpt:

The Navajo Nation is empowered, under the 1990 Amendments, to prosecute and punish Indians for misdemeanors, despite their status as nonmembers of the tribe. The denial of Means's petition for a writ of habeas corpus is AFFIRMED.
Read the full text of the opinion here [PDF]. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.

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