The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a major decision. Millions are furious about their ruling, and it could create a ripple effect nationwide.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against Wyoming for charging a member of the Native American Crow Tribe with off-season hunting. The cased hinged upon an 1868 treaty between the U.S. and the tribe.
The defendant, Clayvin Herrera, claimed that the treaty in question allowed him to hunt at his pleasure, even during
Wyoming argued that the treaty was invalidated once the state achieved statehood, however, the court’s left-leaning members ruled otherwise. Justice Neill Gorsuch, Trump’s most recent nominee, joined the liberals in their ruling in favor of Herrera.
Justice Sonja Sotomayor, in her majority opinion, said that “Congress ‘must clearly express’ any intent to abrogate Indian treaty rights.” The court effectively ruled that Indian treaties existing before statehood are still valid.
How this decision could impact states’ rights across the country is now a question being asked by many legal observers, regardless of their viewpoint on the case.
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