Harold Monteau (`86), a visiting lecturer at the University of New Mexico School of Law, discussed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S v. Jicarilla, which included a lone dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in an Oct. 4 column published on Indian Country Today Media Network.com.
Justice Sotomayor met with students at the UNM School of Law in early September during a week-long visit to New Mexico, which included meetings with Pueblo officials. Monteau, who is teaching in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, noted the impact of the justice's dissent in the Indian legal community in his column:
"Justice Sotomayor is a "Lone Ranger" type hero in the Indian Law community for her courageous but singular attempt to mitigate the damage in what she saw as a Supreme Court decision that was and will prove to be damaging to tribal sovereignty and damaging to the definition of the Indian trust beneficiaries' trust relationship with the U.S. which the Supreme Court had refined over the past 100 years."
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October 4, 2011