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Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States
United States Supreme Court
348 U.S. 272, 75 S.Ct. 313, 99 L.Ed. 314 (1955)
The United States Secretary of Agriculture sold all of the timber in an area in Alaska where the Tee-Hit-Ton Indians (plaintiffs) resided. The proceeds from the sale were placed in the Treasury until the land rights could be determined sometime in the future. The Tee-Hit-Tons brought a Fifth Amendment takings claim seeking compensation for the land from the United States government (defendant). The Court of Claims held that the Tee-Hit-Tons had only a title of occupancy, which was not sufficient to maintain a Fifth Amendment takings claim. The Tee-Hit-Tons petitioned for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reed, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
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