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Hamilton v. Nakai

453 F.2d 152 (1971)

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Hamilton v. Nakai

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

453 F.2d 152 (1971)

Facts

The Hopi Indian Tribe (plaintiff) sued the Navajo Indian Tribe (defendant) in order to obtain a determination of rights in a portion of an Indian reservation in Arizona. In 1962, the trial court ruled that the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Tribe held undivided and equal interests in that portion of the land. In 1970, the Hopi Tribe filed a petition, seeking an order of compliance or a writ of assistance to enforce its rights under the 1962 order. The Hopi Tribe alleged that the Navajo Tribe had denied the joint use and benefit of the relevant property. The trial court denied the petition, and the Hopi Tribe appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Duniway, J.)

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