WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is wrestling with a case out of Wyoming in which a Crow tribe member was cited for hunting elk in the Bighorn National Forest.
Crow tribe member Clayvin Herrera wound up with a fine of more than $8,000. His defense is a treaty his tribe signed with the federal government in 1868. The hunting rights case is important not only to the Crow tribe but also to other Native American tribes, states and the federal government.
Herrera has sought to defend himself using the fact that when his tribe gave up land in present-day Montana and Wyoming to the federal government in 1868, the tribe retained the right to hunt on the land. The state of Wyoming says Herrera can't use the treaty in his defense.