JACKSON, Miss. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will take up a Mississippi case that challenges whether non-Indians can be sued in Indian courts.
The case, brought by the Dollar General Corp. against the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, stems from a civil lawsuit brought against Dollar General in Choctaw courts.
The Tennessee-based company was sued in 2005 over allegations that a store manager made sexual advances toward a 13-year-old boy placed in his store by a tribal youth employment program.
Tribal and lower federal courts have ruled that the boy's parents can pursue the suit, seeking $2.5 million, in tribal court. They cite Dollar General's commercial relationship with the tribe as enough connection.
Dollar General, though, claims that because Congress hasn't specifically allowed such lawsuits, the Supreme Court should ban them.