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United States v. White Mt. Apache Tribe

Docket No.: 01-1067
Certiorari Granted: Apr 22 2002
Argued: December 2, 2002
Decided: March 4, 2003

Topics:

28 U.S.C. 1505, Economic Activity, Civil Rights, Governmental Liability, Indians, Due Process, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Jury Instructions, fiduciary obligations, murder, patent, public schools, racial segregation, sovereign immunity, stare decisis

PartyNames: United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe
Petitioner: United States
Respondent: White Mountain Apache Tribe

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Citation: CA Fed, 249 F.3d 1364. QUESTION PRESENTED In 1960, Congress declared that a former military post in Arizona would "be heldby the United States in trust for the White Mountain Apache Tribe, subject to the right of the Secretary of the Interior to use any part of the land and improvementsfor administrative or school purposes fo r as long as they are needed for that purpose." Act of Mar. 18, 1960, Pub. L. No. 86-392, 74 Stat. 8. The question presented is whether that Act authorizes the award of money damages against the United States for al leged breach of trust in connection withsuch property.
Supreme Court Docket

United States
v.
White Mountain Apache Tribe
537 U.S. 465 (2003)
Question:

Does the Court of Federal Claims, under the Indian Tucker Act, have jurisdiction over the White Mountain Apache Tribe's suit against the United States for breach of fiduciary duty to manage land and improvements held in trust for the Tribe but occupied by the federal government?

United States v. White Mt. Apache Tribe
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 2, 2002

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for White Mt. Apache Tribe, 4 vote(s) against

United States v. White Mt. Apache Tribe
Case Documents

1Opinion in United States v. White Mt. Apache Tribe
2Opinion in United States v. White Mt. Apache Tribe
Additional documents for this case are pending review.