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Oklahoma City University Law Review

ARTICLESAcknowledging America's First Sovereign:
Incorporating Tribal Justice Systems into the Legal Research and Writing Curriculum

Summer, 2010

Oklahoma City University Law Review

35 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 267

Author

Samantha A. Moppett*

Excerpt



Marie Setian (Marie) drove to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, with her husband and another couple for a day of gambling, dining, and entertainment. After gambling for a little while, the couples went to the Festival Buffet. At the buffet's seafood station, Marie placed some shrimp on her plate. As she walked to the international station, her left foot slipped on something, and she fell to the floor. As a result of the fall, Marie experienced soreness, swelling, and discomfort in her knee. Eventually, she underwent surgery and participated in extensive physical therapy. Her knee will never be the same again.

Marie contacted an attorney because she wanted to sue Foxwoods for the actual damages and pain and suffering that she sustained as a result of the slip and fall. 1 Accordingly, the attorney filed a claim in the Connecticut trial court on behalf of Marie. Although it would appear the attorney acted competently and professionally, the state trial court dismissed Marie's claim.

I. Introduction
 
In law schools across the country, law students are introduced to federalism and the organization of the United States government. This invariably includes, among other things, a discussion of the dual systems operated by the state and federal courts, an introduction to the jurisdiction of these courts, and the sources of authority that these courts can consider. Yet, this nearly universal introduction to the American judicial system is incomplete. In fact, in the United States, there are three categories of sovereign entities with the ...
 
 
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