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in a 6-3 decision, the justices reversed a Federal Circuit decision that the secretary of the interior’s exercise of control over the leasing of Indian lands for mineral development was sufficient to warrant a money judgment against the government on an Indian tribe’s claim that the leases represented a breach of trust. United States v. Navajo Nation, No. 01-1375. Remanding the case, the court held that the Indian Mineral Leasing Act did not provide any statutory authority for an award of damages. Ginsburg’s opinion was joined by Rehnquist, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Breyer. Souter, Stevens and O’Connor dissented.

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