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Last updated February 16, 2010

State Has Jurisdiction Through Federal Acts Other Than Public Law 280

The Massachusetts Indian Land Claims Settlement Act addresses state civil and criminal jurisdiction.


Massachusetts Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, P.L. 100-95, 101 Stat. 704, Aug. 18, 1987, codified at 25 U.S.C. § 1771 et seq. (§§ 1771e and 1771g address state civil and criminal jurisdiction)

Case Law

Wiener v. Wampanoag Aquinnah Shellfish Hatchery Corp., 223 F. Supp. 2d 346 (D. Mass. 2002)

Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead v. Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, 63 F. Supp.2d 119 (D. Mass 1999)

James v. Wampanoag Tribal Council, 499 N.E.2d 1213 (Mass. App. Ct. 1986)