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Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah

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The Navajo Nation Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by two officials who had been removed from office for alleged misuse of public funds. The tribe's Ethic and Rules Committee removed Aneth Chapter President Nelson Rockwell and Vice President Leonard Lee in January for allegedly having given Lee's brother, Duane, chapter money without authorization. Rockwell and Lee subsequently sued to halt a replacement election, and a tribal district judge dismissed the action on grounds that it didn't comply with the Sovereign Immunity Act. Rockwell and Lee appealed that ruling, and on Aug. 16, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling and dismissed the appeal. However, the high court refused to impose requested sanctions against Rockwell and Lee, saying "we find that the appellants' appeal was not brought in bad faith or was frivolous."

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