04/25/2013 09:52 EDT | Updated 06/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Pikangikum First Nation Lawsuit: Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Against Former Minister Robert Nault

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the Pikangikum First Nation's lawsuit against a former Liberal minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.

The Pikangikum First Nation accused Robert Nault of "misfeasance" for imposing third-party management on the reserve more than a decade ago.

The band also claimed Nault withheld millions of dollars for infrastructure projects until it dropped its legal challenge of the federal government's decision to appoint a third-party manager.

The trial judge dismissed the case against Nault, noting the third-party manager was brought in by bureaucrats against the then-minister's wishes.

An appeals court also sided with Nault, who was Indian Affairs minister between 1999 and 2003.

As is its usual practice, the Supreme Court did not release reasons for its decisions.

Also on HuffPost

Idle No More: In Photos