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Neil Gorsuch Couldn't Save Tribal Sovereignty From His Conservative Colleagues' Wrath

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

In 1997, then-Justice Antonin Scalia voted with the majority in Babbitt v. Youpee, where the court ruled that the federal government couldn't transfer a Native American man's land to his tribe instead of his heirs if he died without a will unless his family was compensated for it. Years later, the man's granddaughter, April Youpee-Roll, had the opportunity to meet Scalia at a book signing event in Washington. When it was her turn to meet the justice, she mentioned her grandfather's case and Scalia, to his credit, remembered the facts of it. Then, according to her account of the meeting, he...
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