The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case involving Crow Nation Monday morning that holds implications for policing in tribal nations across Montana and the country. The case before the Supreme Court focuses on a night in 2016 where a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer was patrolling the state highway near Crow Agency. He saw a car pulled over to the side of the road.
The Supreme Court recently decided McGirt v. Oklahoma, a case many are calling one of the most important decisions for Native Americans in U.S. History. The ruling signifies a shift in how the federal legal system recognizes tribal nations at a time when tribes are pushing for similar consideration in Montana courts.