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Federal Government moves to settle Tribal Trust Cases

Tribal leaders joined the Obama administration Wednesday in announcing a $1 billion settlement to 41 trust management lawsuits.
The settlements were the result of 22 months of negotiations. They resolve claims that the federal government mismanaged billions of dollars in trust funds and trust assets.
The 41 tribes that are a part of this settlement come from all over Indian Country.
These settlements resolve claims dating back more than 100 years and will bring to an end protracted litigation that has burdened both the plaintiffs and the United States. Ending these long-running disputes about the United States’ management of trust funds and non-monetary trust resources will allow the United States and the tribes to move beyond the distrust exacerbated by years of litigation. These settlement agreements represent a significant milestone in the improvement of the United States’ relationship with Indian tribes.
Below is the list of the American Indian tribes that are part of the Settlement Proposal to Obama Administration:
The 41 Tribes
Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Blackfeet Tribe
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians
Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of Colusa Rancheria
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation
Hualapai Tribe
Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of Arizona
Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians
Makah Tribe of the Makah Reservation
Mescalero Apache Nation
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Nez Perce Tribe
Nooksack Tribe
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine
Pawnee Nation
Pueblo of Zia
Quechan Indian Tribe of the Fort Yuma Reservation
Rincon Luiseño Band of Indians
Round Valley Tribes
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Santee Sioux Tribe
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation
Spokane Tribe
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of the Fort Yates Reservation
Swinomish Tribal Indian Community
Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians
Tohono O’odham Nation
Tulalip Tribe
Tule River Tribe
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

On the lower end, the Nooksack Tribe in Washington will receive $25,000. On the higher end, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana will receive $150 million while the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington will receive $193 million, an amount previously announced. Other confirmed settlement amounts include almost $34 million for the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, nearly $33 million for the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico, $75 million for the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana and $11.4 million for the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine. In total, the federal government will pay $1.023 billion to settle the trust mismanagement cases. The Obama administration did not release the individual amounts for each tribe but some of the settlements have been entered into the records in federal court.

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