September 01, 2017

Justice Gorsuch and Federal Indian Law

John Dossett

Reprinted with permission from Human Rights magazine, volume 43, number 1, at 7-10. ©2017 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


On April 7, 2017, the Senate voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Gorsuch has served on the Tenth Circuit since 2006, and his judicial record received significant media attention during the Senate confirmation hearings. Although it was a contentious confirmation process, now that it is over, there is perhaps an opportunity to consider areas of his record that received less media attention at the time. One of these is his experience in federal Indian law.  

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