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Pawnee Nation Supreme Court to hear case, give presentations at TU Law

Pawnee Nation Story2The Pawnee Nation Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Hare v. Knife Chief et al. at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Price and Turpen Courtroom on Friday, September 16, at 9:00 AM.

Issue: To what extent does the Pawnee Nation’s sovereign immunity extend to members of the Pawnee Business Council who are sued in their individual capacities for purportedly acting beyond the scope of their official duties when they voted to terminate the employment of the Executive Director of the Pawnee Nation? The Pawnee Nation Constitution provides that the Pawnee Business Council is the supreme governing body of the Nation and has the power to legislate, transact business and speak and act on behalf of the Nation on all matters and that it exercises its powers by a majority vote of its present members and determines the transaction of all tribal business with a quorum present.

Chief Justice John F. Reif (JD ’73) of the Oklahoma Supreme Court will introduce the members of the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court. The hearing will conclude at approximately 10:00 AM.

Following the hearing, at approximately 10:30 AM, Pawnee Nation Supreme Court justices will speak and answer questions about the following American Indian law topics:

  • Chief Justice Bob D. Buchanan (JD ’71): Tax status of tribally created organizations/tax status of distributions from tribal social services
  • Justice Mark Echo Hawk: Status of Tribal Court Civil Jurisdiction over Non-members after Dollar General
  • Justice Chad Harsha (JD ’13): Challenges of Tribal Jurisdiction in Mixed-Status Lands
  • Justice Angel Smith: The New Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations
  • Justice Greg Smith: Tribal Court Convictions as Predicate Offenses after US v. Bryant

The public is invited to attend both events. No registration is necessary.