Justices Skim Tribal Trust Question In Contract Costs Row

Law360, New York (January 25, 2016, 10:19 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin by ruling that it can't recover certain contract costs for tribal health services from the federal government, but it steered away from a broader reconsideration of the tribal-federal relationship that could've done serious damage to tribal rights overall.

In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a ruling by the D.C. Circuit that the tribe's bid came too late, saying its decision to delay filing its contract support costs claims failed the so-called Holland test for equitable tolling and that the federal government's trust obligations...

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