Supreme Court weighs trust relationship
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The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two breach of trust cases.

The Court is being asked to limit lawsuits brought for alleged mismanagement of tribal assets. The Bush administration contends the circumstances under which money damages can be awarded are being unfairly expanded in the Federal Court of Claims.

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona and the Navajo Nation want the government to paid for breaching its trust responsibilities. Both tribes won their cases at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

A decision is expected by summer 2003.

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