Cases Involving the Scope of Indian Lands and Jurisdiction

Geronimo (Goyathlay), a Chiricahua Apache; full-length, kneeling with rifle, courtesy of the Library of Congress; and the Owy River Canyon, ID. Courtesy of BLM.


Conflicts regarding whether certain lands are Indian country for adjudicatory and regulatory purposes have arisen in a number of contexts. These four decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court are illustrative of the myriad ways in which issues arise and the significant implications of rulings regarding reservation boundaries and tribal authority and jurisdiction.

Updated January 24, 2022

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