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Supreme Court won't hear jurisdiction case
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Filed Under: Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a tribal jurisdiction case affecting the Navajo Nation.

Without comment, the justices rejected a petition in MacArthur v. San Juan County The move means the Navajo Nation courts cannot hear a lawsuit over a health clinic within reservation boundaries.

The long-running case has been appealed numerous times. Last July, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals finally put a halt to the claims of the plaintiffs, who say they were treated unfairly by the clinic, which used to be run by the state of Utah but is now managed by the Navajo Nation.

Relevant Documents:
Supreme Court Order List (February 19, 2007)

10th Circuit Decision:
MacArthur v. San Juan County (July 18, 2007)

Case Documents:
MacArthur v. San Juan County (NCAI-NARF)

Relevant Links:
NCAI-NARF Tribal Supreme Court Project -

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