By Felicia Fonseca and Lindsay Whitehurst
The Associated Press 

Supreme Court gives states authority to prosecute cases on Native American land


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is fracturing decades of law built around the hard-fought principle that tribes have the right to govern themselves on their own territory, legal experts say.

The June 29 ruling is a marked departure from federal Indian law and veers away from the push to increase tribes’ ability to prosecute all crimes on reservations — regardless of who is involved. It also casts tribes as part of states, rather than the sovereign nations they are, infuriating many across Indian Coun...

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