Elena Kagan’s Remarks on the Navajo Judiciary in 2006

Very nice. I imagine soon-to-be-Justice Kagan’s words will be quoted time and again by tribal advocates:

At about four minutes in she describes the Navajo Judiciary and caseload, and then the money quote (at about 4:25):

“And the Navajo Nation’s judicial system is distinguished by quality as well as by scope.”

She then quoted at length from the Harvard Project from 1999 in awarding honors to the Navajo judiciary, noting:

“[The judiciary’s] innovative legal system is independent, fair, responsive, and consistent with the Nation’s culture and traditions.”

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April 12, 2006 – Remarks – Opening of Navajo Supreme Court Session

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