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Byline: STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
The U.S. Supreme Court says tribes can't be sued in state court for off-reservation deals.
WASHINGTON -- Indian tribes generally cannot be sued in state courts over business deals outside tribal lands, the Supreme Court ruled today.
The court, by a 6-3 vote in an Oklahoma case, said tribal sovereign immunity extends beyond Indian country and bars such lawsuits.
Clinton administration lawyers had warned the justices that allowing liability in such cases would threaten the economic well-being of the 320 federally recognized tribes.
The decision does not mean Indian tribes can never be the targets of such lawsuits. It means that those who …