Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/20/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Only $120.2 million paid out in $1.6 billion allocation

In a landmark victory, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government must reimburse Native American tribes for millions of dollars they spent on federal programs. Congress allocated $1.6 billion to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for "the operations of Indian programs" in 2000, but only $120.2 million was paid out. The tribes filed suit, and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver now says the money must be fully reimbursed.

The Ramah Navajo Chapter and other Native American tribes must get their money back, the court ruled.

The Ramah Navajo Chapter and other Native American tribes must get their money back, the court ruled.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/20/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Lawsuit, Supreme Court, allocations, Ramah Navajo Chapter


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - in addition, the federal government had agreed to fully reimburse money tribes spent on programs such as law enforcement, environmental protection and agricultural assistance. Congress has since capped the amount of money earmarked for that reimbursement.

The Ramah Navajo Chapter and other Native American tribes must get their money back, the court ruled

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the majority opinion for Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito voiced dissenting opinions.

"We stressed that the government's obligation to pay contract support costs should be treated as an ordinary contract promise," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the majority ruling.

"The government was obligated to pay the tribes' contract support costs in full."

"Between FY [financial year] 1994 and 2001, appropriations covered only between 77 percent and 92 percent of tribes' aggregate contract support costs," the judgment read.

President of the Ramah Navajo Chapter in New Mexico Rodger Martinez was a plaintiff in the case; He told newspaper journalists that they were sad the case had to go to the Supreme Court, but "happy that they sided with us.

"This gets us back to the principle that the government must pay us what we are entitled to," he added.

Lawyer Jonathan Cohn says that it was a rare occasion for the Supreme Court to side with the tribes.

"The government was trying to treat tribal contractors differently from all other contractors. If you were talking about a defense contractor, I don't think this case would have reached the Supreme Court - the government would have paid up long ago," Cohn added.

In a related story, a dispute has broken out over plans in Chicago to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Dearborn, in which 60 Americans and 15 Native Americans were killed.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

American flag compared to Confederate flag and burned during protest against racism Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Protesters in Tampa have burned down an American flag because of their belief that, like the Confederate flag, it signifies and uphold in the slavery and genocide from the country throughout history. Organizers of the protest denied they planned on burning the flag, ... continue reading


Is your state the laziest state in the country? The results may surprise you Watch

Image of Large portions of some states are inactive.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mississippi has the greatest number of people not participating in healthy, physical activities than any other state in the country, according to research. Using the data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about American's exercises, ... continue reading


Battle Lines for Religious Liberty and Same Sex 'Marriage' Set

Image of Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council.

By Ken Blackwell

This is Ground Zero for the war on religious liberty. The political left-including gay-marriage activists-are saying that your First Amendment rights concerning same sex 'marriage' are limited to what you say in church or in your private home. You can't live it ... continue reading


Two Differing Catholic Priestly Views on the SCOTUS Gay 'Marriage' Ruling Watch

Image of

By Matt C. Abbott

There have been numerous statements and articles written about the very disappointing (but not surprising) gay "marriage" ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Most notable was the excellent statement issued by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, ... continue reading


Heat brews as New Black Panther Party affiliate and KKK affliate plan protests on same day in South Carolina's capital Watch

Image of The New Black Panther Party plans to protest in South Carolina about one month after the Charleston Church shooting.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A New Black Panther Party affiliate group is planning to stir up a rally in the state of capitol of South Carolina on July 18. On that same day, a protest is also planned by a KKK white power group. Heat is brewing as a possible face-off is developing in Columbia, SC. ... continue reading


Statue of Blessed Father Junipero Serra safe - for now at U.S. capitol Watch

Image of State legislatures have the authority to decide which two statues will represent their state at the U.S. Capitol.

By CNA/EWTN News

An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being. Los Angeles (CNA/EWTN News) - A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931. However, a ... continue reading


On this Fourth of July, We Need a Declaration of Dependence Watch

Image of The real promise of the Declaration of the Declaration of Independence now cries out for those who believe in its promise to stand up for its true meaning and work to restore the unique experiment in ordered liberty which it offers for future generations.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The Declaration of Independence was the birth certificate of the United States of America, a Nation often called the American Experiment because of the very fact that it was founded upon principles. The words are still memorized by schoolchildren and can bring a ... continue reading


Learning from the Wonderful Witness of 'Doubting' Thomas Watch

Image of Thomas the doubter became the Thomas the model believer, an example for each one of us. He is a great beacon of light for all of us as we cry out with him, MY LORD AND MY GOD!

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

What conclusion, dear brethren, do you come to? Surely it was not by chance that this chosen disciple, was missing in the first place? Or that on his return he heard, that hearing he doubted, that doubting he touched, and that touching he believed? It was by ... continue reading


Catholic Church in U.S. has weathered adversity before - and will emerge triumphant, historian says Watch

Image of As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "It's okay to realize that ... continue reading


After same-sex unions legalized, polygamous Montana trio demands same Watch

Image of The 46-year-old Nathan Collier owns a refrigeration business in Billings. He married 40-year-old Victoria in 2000. His second wife, Christine, was wed in a religious wedding ceremony in 2007 without a marriage license in order to avoid bigamy charges.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was bound to happen. After the Supreme Court ruled same-sex unions legal in all 50 states, other proponents of non-traditional arrangements are clamoring for equality under the law. Nathan Collier, along with his wives Victoria and Christine have applied at ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 32:23-33
23 That same night he got up and, taking his two ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8, 15
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:32-38
32 They had only just left when suddenly a man was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 7th, 2015 Image

Bl. Ralph Milner
July 7: English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter