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Some Nuances of Tribal Sovereign Immunity

When Native American tribes are prevented from being sued

Kemal M. Lepschoque, LL.M.
Friendly Legal
Published in
6 min readMay 18, 2024

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Sovereign immunity comes from an old English law idea called “rex non potest peccare”, which is Latin for “the king can do no wrong”. This idea was based on the belief that the king could not be judged by the courts he set up. In the United States, this concept changed to mean that the government cannot be sued unless it agrees to be sued.

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Kemal M. Lepschoque, LL.M.
Friendly Legal

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