Monday, June 18, 2012
Supreme Court rules government must pay full amount in tribe contracts
JURIST - Paper Chase[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Monday that the federal government is responsible for the full payment contractually promised to Native American tribes even if Congress does not allocate enough money. Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] involves the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA) [text], which grants authority to several federal departments, including the Departments of Interior, Health, Education and Welfare, to contract directly with American Indian tribes and allow them funding...
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