Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Crow Indian Tribe v. State of Wyoming (9th Cir. - July 8, 2020)

Three unusual things in this Ninth Circuit opinion today:

(1) The Ninth Circuit lists the title of the case as "Crow Indian Tribe v. State of Wyoming" (it's on the top of each page), yet Wyoming is in the Tenth Circuit, not the Ninth;

(2) The caption of the case alone takes up more than twice the number of pages as the opinion's analysis of the merits, and the "Factual Background" section is as long as the rest of the opinion; and

(3) Judge Schroeder's opinion begins with a quote from the University of Montana's fight song, which isn't something you typically see -- or would necessarily expect from a Swarthmore and University of Chicago graduate living in Arizona.