My limited understanding is that if I go into an Indian / Native American casino on tribal land, and I slip & fall, I can probably sue for negligence in tribal court but I cannot sue the tribe in California (or other) court. This is because of the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which essentially says each tribe is sovereign and not subject to state law unless agreed to by compact.
My limited understanding is also that if you try to sue the tribe in “tribal court” or otherwise petition the tribe for damages, chances are you will get nowhere.
So, just by simply walking onto tribal land, you are gambling.
Is this accurate?
Also, if I rent a car and drive it onto a reservation that is completely surrounded by California land, am I driving “out of the state” for the purposes of the car rental company?
Any other interesting thoughts and tidbits on the relationship between states, feds, and tribes are welcome.
To clarify, when asked about practical and political realities in connection with tribal relationships with state, federal, and local governments and what he thinks tribal sovereignty means in the 21st Century, George Bush replied as follows: