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The Supreme Court issued final opinions Thursday after a busy term that included cases affecting Indian Country directly and indirectly. Perhaps the biggest opinion was overturning Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of the right to an abortion.

Also on Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court. She replaced the now retired Justice Stephen Breyer. It's the first time four women will serve together on the nine-member court.

The high court will be back later this year to hear Texas v. Haaland, a case seeking to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act. Another case the court agreed to hear could change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results, according to the AP.

Here is all the news from the recent session.

The Supreme Court decided there is no federal constitutional right to abortion care for women and people who birth in a 6-3 decision of Roe v. Wade. Access to abortion has already been difficult for Indigenous women and people who birth, due to the Hyde Amendment that banned the use of federal money for abortion care. READ MORE.Pauly Denetclaw, ICT

From lawmakers, advocates and everyday citizens, people are furious over the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and are organizing rallies across the country. Indigenous communities were no exception, ICT rounded up reactions from around the web. READ MORE. ICT

The Supreme Court said Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions without specific authority from Congress. The decision raises new questions about the power of government in the age of climate change. The vote was 6 to 3 with conservatives in the majority. READ MORE.Mark Trahant, ICT

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The court limited the scope of its historic McGirt decision. In a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta that the state of Oklahoma has concurrent jurisdiction and the ability to prosecute non-Natives when the victim is Native and the crime is committed on tribal land. READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision, allowing Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, located near El Paso, Texas, to offer electronic bingo at its gaming facility. While the decision is a victory in a decades-long fight for the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Justice Neil Gorsuch added that it does not mean it can add any gaming activity it wishes; but that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, “erred in their understanding of the Restoration Act.” READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

The Supreme Court ruled that Native people prosecuted in certain tribal courts can also be prosecuted based on the same incident in federal court, which can result in longer sentences. The 6-3 ruling is in keeping with an earlier ruling from the 1970s that said the same about a more widely used type of tribal court. READ MORE. Associated Press

The Supreme Court sided with a high school football coach from Washington state who sought to kneel and pray on the field after games, a decision that could strengthen the acceptability of some religious practices in other public school settings. The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the court’s conservative justices in the majority and its liberals in dissent. READ MORE.Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money. The 6-3 outcome could fuel a renewed push for school choice programs in some of the 18 states that have so far not directed taxpayer money to private, religious education. READ MORE. Associated Press

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue _ whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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