Democracy Now: Supreme Court Rules U.S. Must Reimburse Tribes for Federal Programs


In a major victory for Native Americans, the Supreme Court has ruled the government must reimburse tribes for the cost of running federal programs after apparently short-changing them for years. The Navajo and other Native American tribes had filed a class action lawsuit claiming the government withheld millions of dollars by imposing a cap on payments for police, education and other programs. The Court ruled 5-to-4 along unconventional lines, with conservative justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas siding with the tribes.

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~ by wheresthemic on June 19, 2012.

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