Supreme Court Once Again Rules Against Navajo

Law360, New York (April 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday — for a second time — that the federal government did not breach its fiduciary duty to the Navajo Nation when it helped to negotiate a coal royalty agreement with Peabody Energy Corp.

In overturning a circuit court decision, the high court found that the tribe was not entitled to damages under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, the Hopi-Navajo Rehabilitation Act of 1950, or any other statute.

Previously, in 2003, the Supreme Court had found that the Navajo...
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