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Administration Bucks Precedent, Pays Out A Billion

The Justice Department and 41 Native American tribes recently announced a roughly $1 billion settlement. The agreement settles long-standing disputes over whether the federal government mismanaged tribal money and resources.

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Trust Issues

11/24/2018

article Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
(Washington) -- It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state. And though the...

4/14/2018

article Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century
(Washington) -- On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the...

4/7/2018

article Supervisors object to more land placement in Sac and Fox Tribal Trust
(Iowa) -- Citing an estimated loss and additional $2,200 annually in property tax revenue and loss of knowledge of land use, the Tama County Board of Supervisors voted 3...

3/27/2017

article Tulalips honor longtime pastor at medicine wheel dedication
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes marked the first day of spring last week by dedicating a new medicine wheel garden and honoring a longtime friend. On the grounds of...

1/31/2015

article Tribe, local leaders at odds over land trust
(Minnesota) -- For 10 years, Scott County Commissioner Barbara Marschall has considered throwing away a file sitting on her bookshelf. It’s full of information...

1/31/2013

article Off-Rez Enrollees Fight For Salazar Payments
(Minnesota) -- A group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members known as Active Citizens for Tribal Truth (ACTT) are fighting for the equal dispersal of funds from the...

10/12/2012

article USET gets an update on Tribal Trust Reform
(Connecticut) -- Part of President Barak Obama’s commitment to fulfilling the United State’s trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives,...

5/17/2012

article DC court: Tribal faction can't block land payments
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court is telling an Indian tribal faction it can't block the distribution of money that Congress allocated to settle land...

4/26/2012

article Mendocino tribe settles federal lawsuit for $8.5 million
(California) -- A tribe in remote northeastern Mendocino County will receive $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging federal mismanagement of tribal resources dating...

4/25/2012

article Norman Deschampe: Trust fund bill fair to Chippewa bands
(Minnesota) -- Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Committee will mark up H.R. 1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2011.
article Round Valley Indian Tribes receive $8.5M trust settlement
(California) -- The Round Valley Indian Tribes of California accepted $8.5 million to settle a trust mismanagement lawsuit. The tribes sought damages for the federal...

4/24/2012

article Arthur LaRose: Trust fund bill a threat to tribal sovereignty
(Minnesota) -- This year, Congress held two hearings on legislative proposals to distribute a 1999 federal court settlement of $20 million approved for damages inflicted...

4/17/2012

article ICTMN’s Rob Capriccioso Discusses Billion-Dollar Settlement on NPR
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country Today Media Network’s Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Rob Capriccioso appeared on National Public Radio to discuss the recent...

4/16/2012

article Administration Bucks Precedent, Pays Out A Billion
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department and 41 Native American tribes recently announced a roughly $1 billion settlement. The agreement settles long-standing...
article Tule River tribe gets $7.1m in federal settlement
(California) -- The Tule River Indian Tribe will get $7.1 million after settling a lawsuit that claimed the federal government mismanaged tribal trust fund accounts.

4/14/2012

article Leech Lake Band receives $3.5M in trust fund settlement
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota will receive $3.5 million through a trust fund settlement with the federal government.
article NARF cites Obama as catalyst for tribal trust settlements
(Colorado) -- President Barack Obama led the charge to settle 41 tribal trust cases, John Echohawk of the Native American Rights Fund said on Thursday.
article Ute tribes to benefit from $1B settlement
(Utah) -- Two Ute Indian tribes are among 41 tribes nationwide to reach a $1 billion settlement with the federal government in lawsuit alleging mismanagement of tribal...
article Irene Cuch: The future of the federal trust responsibility
(Utah) -- The following letter from Irene C. Cuch, the chairwoman of the Ute Tribe of Utah, was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on April 10. The tribe has reached a...

4/13/2012

article Federal $1 billion settlement attempts new direction with tribes
(Minnesota) -- Some Minnesota Native American tribes will benefit from a $1 billion settlement with the federal government. The agreement was announced Wednesday and...
article Government pays $1billion compensation to Indian tribes over century-old claims to money and land
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government is set to pay out more than $1billion to a number of American Indian tribes to settle disputes which have been ongoing for...
article Idaho Tribes Part Of Billion Dollar Settlement But There's More Than Money
(Idaho) -- A landmark settlement announced this week between the federal government and Native American tribes is expected to have long-term effects beyond the $1...
article Millions on hold in tribal case
(Washington D.C.) -- A class-action settlement that could bring $45 million to American Indians in Minnesota remains locked in a legal tug-of-war pitting four people...
article Quechan Tribe: Settlement Reached
(Arizona) -- It's been a long time in the waiting but after all this time in negotiation with the governement the fourty-one tribes involved will share the sum of...
article Soboba settlement resolves dispute with government
(Washington D.C.) -- The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is among 41 tribes that will share in $1.2 billion worth of settlements reached with the federal government this...
article Tribes to Get $1 Billion for Mismanaged Funds
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to settle 41 Native American tribes' claims that it mismanaged their monetary assets and...
article U.S. Will Pay a Settlement of $1 Billion to 41 Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of the largest financial settlements made to American Indian tribes, the federal government said this week that it had ended dozens of...

4/12/2012

article N.M. Tribes Share In $1 Billion Accord
(New Mexico) -- The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes in New Mexico and elsewhere over mismanagement...

4/11/2012

article $1 billion settlement reached in lawsuits filed by 41 tribes against United States
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on April 11 the settlement of lawsuits filed by 41 federally-...
article Feds agree to pay $1 billion to 41 tribes to settle tribal trust claims
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials announced a $1 billion settlement Wednesday of claims filed by 41 tribes, including five from Arizona, who said the government had...
article Obama Moves to Settle 41 Tribal Trust Cases for $1 Billion
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration announced April 11 its intent to resolve 41 long-standing disputes with Indian tribal governments over the federal...
press release Secretary Salazar and Attorney General Holder Announce $1 Billion Settlement of Tribal Trust Accounting and Management Lawsuits Filed by More Than 40 Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the settlement of lawsuits filed by 41 federally-recognized...
article Tribal leaders hail $1B in trust management settlements
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders joined the Obama administration today in announcing a $1 billion settlement to 41 trust management lawsuits.
article Tribes, government agree to $1 billion settlement for mismanaged trust lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government says it will pay more than $1 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement...
article Nooksack Tribe gets share of $1 billion settlement
(Washington) -- The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money...
article Ute tribes to share in $1B settlement over mismanaged trust accounts
(Utah) -- Two Ute Indian tribes are among 41 tribes nationwide to reach a $1 billion settlement with the federal government in lawsuit alleging mismanagement of tribal...

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