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Navajo Win Landmark Case in U.S. Supreme Court

Posted: Jun 25, 2012


A promise is a promise, even when it comes from the federal government, according to a decision released this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the Ramah Chapter.

"This is a big case," said former Navajo tribal chairman and president Peterson Zah, who has been involved with concerns by the Ramah Chapter of the Navajo Nation back to when he was director of DNA People's Legal Services in the 1970s.

The case could mean millions of dollars to the Ramah Chapter and some 322 other tribes and organizations that joined the lawsuit over the years.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on behalf of the Ramah Chapter and others that the federal government must pay contract support costs to tribes that enter into agreements to manage federal programs.

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