Tribal organizations in Alaska and across the country are anxiously waiting for a decision in a case just argued before the U.S. Supreme court.
Salazar v. Ramah Navajo seeks to overturn a lower court ruling that found in favor of tribes when the BIA didn’t fully fund law enforcement contracts. Seventy-five tribal groups in Alaska and 260 tribes in other states are waiting for the decision. The case will also impact contract funding disputes for the Indian Health Service.
Lloyd Miller is one of the attorneys representing tribes in the matter. He says when 12 regional BIA offices with varying degrees of competency are working through appropriation shortfalls for tribal contracts, some tribes get underpaid and others get overpaid. He says the key to the case is a decision that’s more than a century old.
- ASNA Amicus Brief (PDF)
- CoC and NDIA Amicus Brief (PDF)
- Government’s Opening Brief (PDF)
- Government’s Reply Brief (PDF)
- NCAI Amicus Brief (PDF)
- Tribal Opposition Brief (PDF)
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