Monday, January 7, 2008

Tribal Supreme Court Project Update -- State Voter ID Laws & Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

A new update memorandum has been posted for the Tribal Supreme Court Project -- a part of the Tribal Sovereignty Protection Initiative and staffed by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). The Project was formed in 2001 in response to a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases that negatively affected tribal sovereignty.

Excerpt from the Memo: Although the Supreme Court has not yet granted review in any Indian law case during its October 2007 Term, the Tribal Supreme Court Project has been busy preparing amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs in two important cases the Court is reviewing that have serious implications for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (challenging the constitutionality of state voter identification laws which require voters to show state or federal photo identification as a requirement to vote); and Exxon Shipping Company v. Baker (defending award of punitive damages against Exxon for destruction of subsistence fishing and hunting as result of Exxon Valdez oil spill).

Read the rest of the new Jan. 2nd, 2008 memo and previous ones at http://narf.org/sct/updatememos/sctcaseupdates.html