High Court Hears Arguments In Navajo Royalties Case

Law360, New York (February 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a case that has bounced up to the U.S. Supreme Court for a second time, a lawyer for the Navajo Nation argued Monday that the federal government breached its trust duties by helping to negotiate a coal royalty agreement with Peabody Energy Corp. that allegedly shortchanged the tribe by $600 million.

Back in 2003, the high court ruled that the Navajo were not entitled to damages under the Indian Mineral Leasing Act, saying there was nothing in the statute that required the U.S. Department of...
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