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Arizona v. Navajo Nation

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-1484 9th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, allowing the Navajo Nation to proceed with a claim to enjoin the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop a plan to meet the Navajo Nation’s water needs and manage the mainstream of the Colorado River in the Lower Basin so as not to interfere with that plan, infringes upon the Supreme Court’s retained and exclusive jurisdiction over the allocation of water from the LBCR mainstream in Arizona v. California; and (2) whether the Navajo Nation can state a cognizable claim for breach of trust consistent with the Supreme Court’s holding in United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation based solely on unquantified implied rights to water under the doctrine of Winters v. United States.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 17 2022Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 24, 2022)
Jun 16 2022Waiver of right of respondent Navajo Nation to respond filed.
Jun 21 2022Motion to extend the time to file a response from June 24, 2022 to July 25, 2022, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 23 2022Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including July 25, 2022.