Confederated Colville Tribes accept $193 million settlement

The Seattle Times reports that the Confederated Colville Tribes accepted a $193 million settlement offer from the federal government for mismanaging tribal lands.  The Colville Tribes filed a lawsuit in 2005 alleging the U.S. government sold tribal timber and leased tribal rangelands for less than market value for many years.

The Wenatchee World reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to sign the agreement within the next two weeks.

Colville Tribal Chairman Michael Finley calls it one of the largest Indian trust mismanagement settlements in history.  Finley says a portion of the funds will be distributed over time to tribal citizens, and the rest will be used to restore tribally owned forests, rangeland, and other natural resources.

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