BOISE, Idaho -

A federal appellate court says the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes don't have absolute jurisdiction over land that is owned by non-members on the Fort Hall Reservation.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a decision made by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who said David Evans, a non-tribal member who built a home on land he owned within reservation borders, didn't properly go through the tribal courts before suing over the tribe's effort to force him to get building permits.

The three-judge appellate court panel said that Evans wasn't required to exhaust tribal remedies before he could sue in federal court, because the tribes didn't have jurisdiction over his land.