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August 29, 2023 RAPID RESPONSE

Indian Law Cases Decided By SCOTUS This Term: A Primer

The United States Supreme Court decided several Indian law cases this term that touch on fundamental concepts at the core of federal Indian law.  This panel, made up, in part, of lawyers who were directly involved in each of these cases on behalf of Indian Tribes, and other lawyers and scholars who offer a broader perspective, discuss each of these cases and their impact on broader federal Indian law principles.


  •  Erin C. Dougherty Lynch – Senior Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Shay Dvoretzky – Partner, Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
  •  Matthew L.M. Fletcher – Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  •  Leonard R. Powell – Associate, Jenner & Block
  • Pratik A. Shah – Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


  • Patty Ferguson Bohnee – Director, Indian Legal Clinic, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Attorney, Sacks Tierney; Co-Chair, Native American Concerns Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


ABA Policy

ICWA Constitutionality (19A115C)

Indian Water Right Claims (02A110)

Haaland v. Brackeen

Haaland v. Brackeen Opinion

Tribal Defendants’ Brief

Tribal Amicus Brief

ABA Amicus Brief in Haaland v. Brackeen 

Arizona v. Navajo Nation

Arizona v. Navajo Nation Opinion

Brief for the Navajo Nation

Lac de Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Coughlin

Lac de Flambeau v. Coughlin Opinion

Brief for Lake de Flambeau

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