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Jan. 18, 2013: USA v. Zepeda - Opinion

The case involved an appeal from a criminal conviction of an Indian under the Major Crimes Act. The conviction was reversed on appeal because although the Government proved that the defendant was a member of a specific Indian Tribe, it did not produce any evidence that that Tribe was federally recognized. A dissenter would have affirmed the conviction by taking judicial notice of the federally recognized status of the Tribe.

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