Monday, November 26, 2007

Another CRACK in the Sovereignty Dam

Tribes who wield their sovereignty like a club, may start feeling some of the backlash. Pechanga, you will be responsible for the erosion of sovereignty in this state. There is still time to make restitution for what the Splinter Group has caused. Let's discuss how.

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Maine Indian Tribe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has decided it won't hear an appeal from a Maine Indian tribe that argued it has sovereign powers over its tribal government affairs.
A federal judge ruled two years ago that the Aroostook Band of Micmacs wasn't subject to state employment laws or the Maine Human Rights Act in a lawsuit stemming from the tribe's 2001 firing of three Aroostook County women. The women complained to the Maine Human Rights Commission that their terminations violated the Maine Whistleblower Protection Act. OP: A STATE law.

But that ruling was overturned last spring by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The tribe then appealed to the Supreme Court.
The high court also declined to hear a similar case involving the Houlton Band of Maliseets, another small tribe in northern Maine.

Sovereignty should be used for the good of the people, not to deny our citizens their civil rights and property. Vote no on 94.

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