Supreme Court to hear Tohono O'odham Nation trust case today
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its first Indian law case of the current term today.

US v. Tohono O'odham Nation is a trust law case. The Tohono O’odham Nation filed a historical accounting lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia along with a money damages case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tribe can pursue both cases because each would result in a different outcome. The Obama administration disagrees and asked the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

The transcript from the oral argument will be posted by the Supreme Court later today.

Federal Circuit Decision:
Tohono O'odham Nation v US (March 16, 2009)

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