February 25, 2016 / 11:43 AM / 4 years ago

Federal list is final word on Indian tribe's immunity from suit - 11th Circuit

By Robert Iafolla

A Native American tribe that is on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ list of federally recognized tribes enjoys sovereign immunity from civil lawsuits, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision dismissing gender bias and retaliation claims brought by a security guard at one of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s casinos.

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