Towards Tribal Sovereignty and Judicial Efficiency: Ordering the Defenses of Tribal Sovereign Immunity and Exhaustion of Tribal Remedies
33 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 3, 2002
This note seeks to resolve confusion among the circuit courts about whether to hear defenses of tribal sovereign immunity or the exhaustion of tribal remedies first. It argues that courts should hear defenses of tribal sovereignty immunity first because they are jurisdictional in nature. It contends that hearing sovereign immunity defenses first respects tribal courts and protects tribal sovereignty.
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