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Representing the First Americans

Brian Pierson knows what sovereignty means

Brian Pierson’s first case involving Indian law wasn’t exactly a quick, low-profile one. In 1983, in what’s known as the Voight decision, the federal courts ruled that American Indian tribes had a right to spearfish not only on their reservations but off their reservations too. According to treaties signed in 1837 and 1842, tribes had never given up their right to hunt and fish on lands now in possession of non-Indians. “They wanted to go out with spears as they always had …

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