Navajo Nation hit with contempt citation and fines
Thursday, October 23, 2003

A Navajo Nation judge held the Navajo Nation in contempt on Wednesday and ordered the tribe to pay fines for refusing to obey court orders.

The tribe had been ordered to return property seized from J. C. Begay, a former council delegate, but never did so. So Judge Raymond Begaye fined the tribe $1,000 a day retroactive to July 31 plus $5,000 a day, starting yesterday, for ignoring his orders. The fine already totals $85,000.

Begay was accused of cattle rustling but charges were never brought against him by the tribe or the state of New Mexico.

Get the Story:
Navajo Nation in contempt (The Farmington Daily Times 10/23)

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