The United States Supreme Court yesterday upheld the hunting rights of Native American tribes in a 5-4 decision.
The case, Herrera vs. Wyoming, centered on a Crow tribal member accused of hunting off season in Bighorn National Forest.
Clayvin Herrera’s hunting rights spelled out by a 19th century treaty did not expire when Wyoming became a state, the court found. Herrera had originally been fined $8,000 for killing an elk outside of Wyoming’s state hunting season in 2014.
There isn’t “any evidence in the treaty itself that Congress intended the hunting right to expire at statehood, or that the Crow Tribe would have understood it to do so,” Justice Sonya Mayor wrote.
The full opinion can be found here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-532_q86b.pdf