The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, May 01, 2008

It Could Always Get Worse

The case of Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co. doesn't sound too interesting or important on the face of it. Ultimately, though, it could have a devastating effect on tribal sovereignty if the US Supreme Court limits or eliminates tribal court jurisdiction over civil matters. So far, it doesn't look too promising, given Chief Justice Roberts' ignorant and mocking statements during oral arguments. Sadly, the one constant in Indian Law is that Federal courts in general and the Supreme Court in particular will always, almost without fail, adopt the construction that causes the Indians to lose, no matter how illogical, contradictory or tortured it might be.

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