Yakama Nation Leader Barred From US Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON DC-A Yakima Nation leader was denied entry into the US Supreme Court chambers this week when he refused to remove his head dress. The Tribe has expressed its objections in a news release. Chairman, JoDe Goudy was at the court to attend a hearing concerning fuel taxes and whether the tribe must pay them when fuel is delivered onto the reservation. But when he attempted to enter the court room he was stopped by a security officer. Goudy captured the incident in a video he shared on his Facebook page . . .

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Afterwards Goudy said he refused to take off the traditional regalia. Had he made it inside the hearing room, Goudy would have watched the justices debate a number of issues affecting his people’s way of life. Their questions focused on whether the state of Washington can impose a fuel tax on a business owned by a tribal citizen.