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Azure v. Turtle Mountain Tribal Court

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA NORTHWESTERN DIVISION


January 15, 2009

DARRELL LEE AZURE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
TURTLE MOUNTAIN TRIBAL COURT, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Daniel L. Hovland, Chief Judge United States District Court

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

Before the Court is the Plaintiff's petition for habeas corpus relief pursuant to Section 1303 of the Indian Civil Rights Act filed on November 12, 2008. See Docket No. 3. On December 19, 2008, the Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Exhaust Tribal Court Remedies. See Docket No. 7. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller, Jr. reviewed the pending motions and, on December 22, 2008, submitted a Report and Recommendation. See Docket No. 9. Judge Miller found that the Court should require the Plaintiff to exhaust his tribal court remedies by seeking relief from the Turtle Mountain Tribal Court of Appeals. Judge Miller recommended that the Defendant's motion to dismiss be granted and that the Plaintiff's habeas corpus petition be denied without prejudice to a later refiling after available tribal remedies have been exhausted or the Plaintiff is able to demonstrate that exhaustion would be futile. The Plaintiff was given ten (10) days to file an objection to the Report and Recommendation. The Plaintiff did not file an objection.

The Court has reviewed the Report and Recommendation, relevant case law, and the record as a whole and finds the Report and Recommendation to be persuasive. Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 9) in its entirety, GRANTS the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Docket No. 7), and DENIES the Plaintiff's habeas corpus petition (Docket No. 3) without prejudice to a later refiling after available tribal remedies have been exhausted or the Plaintiff is able to demonstrate that exhaustion would be futile.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

20090115

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