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Tribal Sovereignty

Tribal Sovereignty 

Protection of tribal sovereignty is the centerpiece of all of Mr. Givens’ litigation on behalf of Indian Tribes.  This is especially important in these troubling times of the Rehnquist Supreme Court.  Mr. Givens approaches all tribal litigation so as to maximize tribal sovereignty.  He has litigated cases involving issues of tribal sovereignty in many contexts, including lake/water ownership, pollution cleanup, Indian gaming and taxation.

  • Idaho v. U.S. & Coeur d’Alene Tribe, 533 U.S. 262 (U.S.S.Ct.. 2001) (Won - Supreme Court upheld Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s sovereign ownership of Lake Coeur d’Alene).
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe v. Asarco, et al., U.S.D.Ct. Idaho (Pending - Superfund natural resource damages action based on Tribe’s sovereign trusteeship over natural resources).
  • AT&T v. Coeur d’Alene Tribe, 295 F.3d 899 (9th Cir. 2002) (Won - upheld Tribe’s sovereign right to conduct interstate telephone gaming).
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe v. Hammond, 2002 WL 31115066 (2002 D. Idaho) (Won -  upheld Tribe’s sovereign right to be free of state taxation of fuel sold at tribal gas stations) (associated argued).

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