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Three Affiliated Tribes v. Wold Engineering is a case that forced the United States (US) Supreme Court to clarify US Public Law 83-280 (typically referred to as Public Law 280). Due to a lack of clarity in US Public Law 280, when the Three Affiliated Tribes attempted to sue Wold Engineering for breach of contract, North Dakota (ND) state courts told the tribes that they were unable to preside over a case between a sovereign nation and a private business. The North Dakota courts held that the tribes would have to give up tribal sovereignty if they wanted to try their case. The tribes took their case to the US Supreme Court. This is the first of two visitations that the US Supreme Court made to Three Affiliated Tribes v. Wold Engineering. This case was argued in November 1983 and decided in May 1984. Upon review, the US Supreme Court held that the ND Supreme Court had possibly misunderstood Public Law 280, and they sent the case back for further review. However, the ND Supreme Court could not reconcile the case, so Three Affiliated Tribes v. Wold Engineering was sent back to the US Supreme Court in 1986.
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