Yakama Nation Chairman Denied Entry to Supreme Court
Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy was denied entry to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 30, over his traditional headdress, he said in a statement to media.
Video shows the chairman in a discussion with a court officer. Goudy is seen fully dressed in traditional garb, including a headdress. Reportedly, he was denied entry because the headdress could be considered “outside influence.”
The Yakama Nation was in the high court Tuesday for oral argument in a case, Washington State Dept. of Licensing vs. Cougar Den, Inc., involving an 1855 treaty and a conflicting 2006 state law that have led to a tax dispute between the state and tribe.