Supreme Court ruling setback for Native American tribal sovereignty

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that states can prosecute crimes against Native American victims committed on reservations if the defendant is not Native American.
2:14 | 06/29/22

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>> THANK YOU. >> AND WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED STATES CAN PROSECUTE CRIMES AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN VICTIMS COMMITTED A NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS IF THE DEFENDANT IS NOT NATIVE AMERICAN. THE 5 TO 4 DECISION CENTERED ON OKLAHOMA'S PROSECUTION OF A NON NATIVE AMERICAN MEN CONVICTED OF FOR MORE ON THIS I WANT TO BRING IN HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THIS DECISION? >> A SIGNIFICANT DECISION THEY, AND FOR INDIAN RIGHTS. THIS CASE WAS A LONG RUNNING DISPUTES BETWEEN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA AND THE CHEROKEE TRIBE. HALF OF OKLAHOMA'S TRAVEL AND. THE SUPREME COURT SAID, TODAY, IS THAT THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA CAN EXERCISE SOME 70. LAW ENFORCEMENT POWER INSIDE THESE RESERVATIONS IS A SIGNIFICANT ROLLBACK OF TRIBAL AUTHORITY ON THEIR OWN LANDS. TWO YEARS AFTER THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT TRIBES HAVE EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY ON THEIR LANDS. SO THE SUPREME COURT ROLLING BACK A DECISION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, A SETBACK TO TRAVEL PATTERNS, AND HE SAID THIS WAS A BLOW TO THE TRIBE IN A SCENE ON THE COURT. >> IN ANOTHER DECISION TODAY, THE SUPREME COURT ALSO RULED IN FAVOR OF VETERANS RETURNING TO STATE JABS. >> HUGE RELIEF FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PENTAGON, IN THIS CASE INVOLVED A FORMER TEXAS MAN WHO SERVED IN IRAQ, HE SUFFERED BRONCHITIS FROM THE BURN PITS THERE, WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES IN IRAQ, HE WANTED TO GET HIS JOB BACK. HE WAS DENIED, ESSENTIALLY, BY THE TEXAS TROOPERS BECAUSE OF HIS NEW CONDITION THAT HE HAD GOTTEN DURING DUTY. HE SUED THE STATES. THE STATE SAID WE CAN'T SEE, WE ARE IMMUNE. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, YES YOU CAN. JUSTICE BREYER HAD THIS OPINION HE SAID, WHEN STATES SIGNED UP TO BE THE UNION BACK IN DEFENDING. THEY AGREED TO WAIVE THEIR IMMUNITY BECAUSE RAISING AN ARMY IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF OUR DEFENSE.

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