SPURR v. POPE

No. 18-2174.

936 F.3d 478 (2019)

Joy SPURR, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. Melissa Lopez POPE, Chief Judge of Tribal Court of Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi; Supreme Court for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi; Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided and Filed: August 26, 2019.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Stephen J. Spurr , Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, for Appellant. David A. Giampetroni , KANJI & KATZEN, PLLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Appellees. ON BRIEF: Stephen J. Spurr , Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, for Appellant. David A. Giampetroni , KANJI & KATZEN, PLLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan, William Brooks , NOTTAWASEPPI HURON BAND OF THE POTAWATOMI, Fulton, Michigan, for Appellees.

Before: DAUGHTREY, COOK, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.


OPINION

Most family spats end long before a court gets involved. This one did not, however, and an Indian tribal court eventually issued a protection order against Joy Spurr, the stepmother of a tribal member. But our review involves no probing of the facts, just a pure question of law: Does a tribal court have jurisdiction...

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