DOI Fights Damages After Navajo's Judiciary Funding Win

Law360, New York (August 1, 2017, 8:03 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior conceded defeat Monday after the D.C. Circuit held that the Navajo Nation's judiciary funding request had to be approved because the agency missed a deadline to respond to it, but argued against awarding the tribe "unreasonable" damages.

In a memorandum, the DOI said the Navajo Nation should be granted summary judgment in light of a recent D.C. Circuit ruling that the tribe's funding proposal for the operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch for 2014 was automatically approved when the agency failed to respond to it by a 90-day deadline outlined in the Indian Self-Determination and...

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