For the second time this term, the U.S. Supreme Court will put tribal courts under its microscope, this time in a case pitting the right to counsel against an epidemic of domestic violence.

United States v. Bryant, to be argued April 19, and Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, argued Dec. 7, are, in a sense, the flip side of each other. The former is a criminal case and the latter is a civil case. But they share a common theme: a vigorous defense of tribal sovereignty, including the progress made by tribal courts during the past decade.

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