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Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States, 348 U.S. 272 (1955), is a United States Supreme Court case involving a suit by the Tee-Hit-Ton, a subgroup of the Tlingit people. The Tee-Hit-Ton sought compensation from Congress for lumber taken from lands they occupied. The court ruled against the Tee-Hit-Ton.

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1 Background 2 Procedural posture 3 Decision 4 See also 5 External links

Background[edit] The Tee-Hit-Ton, a subgroup of the Tlingit people, brought an action in Court of Claims for compensation, under Fifth Amendment to the United States
United States
Constitution, for timber taken from tribal-occupied lands in Alaska
Alaska
authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture. The tribe contended it had "full proprietary ownership" or at least a recognized right to unrestricted possession; the federal government asserted the opposite, and argued that if the tribe had any rights, they were to use the land at the government’s will. Procedural posture[edit] The tribe first filed a suit in the United States
United States
Court of Claims, which found that the tribe was an identifiable group residing in Alaska; its interest in the lands prior to purchase of Alaska
Alaska
was an “original Indian title” but such a title was not enough to bring suit because the Congress did not recognize the tribe's legal rights of property ownership. The Court of Claims dismissed the tribe's suit. Decision[edit] Justice Stanley Forman Reed, writing for the Court, stated that Congress did not intend to grant the Tee-Hit-Ton any permanent rights to the occupied lands but had given them permission to occupy it. Under the concept of conquest, any title to the land was extinguished when the "white man" came per Johnson v. M'Intosh. No case has held that taking of Indian title or use by Congress required compensation. Because there was no recognized title to the land, the court decided there was no right to compensation under the Fifth Amendment. See also[edit]

List of United States
United States
Supreme Court cases, volume 348

External links[edit]

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v. Santa Fe Pacific Railroad Co. (1941) Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States
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(1955) Williams v. Lee
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(1959) Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation
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(1960) Menominee Tribe v. United States
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(1968) McClanahan v. Arizona State Tax Commission
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(1973) Oneida Indian Nation of New York v. County of Oneida
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(1976) United States
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(2001) United States
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v. Lara (2004) City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York
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