Navajo Nation wins a round in suit against Peabody Coal
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A US Court of Claims ruled that the Navajo Nation did not violate a confidentiality order when they used a Peabody Group internal memo against the company. The company head asked the court to hold the Nation in contempt of court. The controversy is over a Peabody Coal memo which detailed that the company successfully convinced then Secretary of Interior Donald Hodel to side with them against the tribe in a dispute over coal royalties.

The Navajo Nation is suing Peabody Group for $600 million over lost royalties. A federal judge threw out their suit against the government and this ruling could give the tribe a stronger claim against the coal company.

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Navajos win a round in suit against coal firm (The Arizona Republic 4/6)
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The Navajo Nation
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