Navajo Nation Supreme Court

Great Seal of Navajo Nation - Judicial Branch

Please join Harvard Law School, the Harvard University Native American Program, and the Native American Law Students Association as we welcome the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation to the Law School on April 12th, 2006.

The Court, consisting of Chief Justice Herb Yazzie, Justice Lorene Ferguson, and Justice Louise Grant, will be hearing oral argument in one of the cases on its docket, Perry v. Navajo Nation Labor Commission. Only once before in the history of Harvard Law School, when the Navajo Supreme Court visited in 1999, has the Harvard community been able to witness a tribal court in session.

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation - Oral Arguments

The judicial system of the Navajo Nation is the most active tribal judicial system in the United States, with a case load that rivals, and in some instances exceeds, many municipal, county, and state judicial systems. The Courtís visit is an opportunity for the faculty and students of Harvard Law School, and for the public, to better understand how the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation works. The visit of the Court will also provide an opportunity to share ideas about Indian policy and to discuss the future of American Indian judicial systems.

Dean Kagan will welcome the Justices and assembled guests, who will include tribal leaders from throughout the Northeast.

The hearing will take place on April 12th, 2006 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.

The event is open to the public.