Tribes Keep Narrow Winning Edge In Justices' Treaty Ruling

Law360 (May 24, 2019, 1:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this week that the Crow Tribe's right to hunt wasn't eclipsed by Wyoming's statehood showed tribes have a tight but seemingly firm path to victory on treaty rights, as the high court finally put to bed a ruling that had long bedeviled the Crow.

The court's majority — the same five justices that backed the Yakama Nation's treaty rights in a March decision — ruled Monday that based on the Crow Tribe's 19th century treaty with the federal government, tribe members had a right to hunt on unoccupied lands in the Bighorn National Forest notwithstanding...

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