Obama administration announces resolution of 41 disputes with tribal governments

On April 11, the Obama administration announced its intent to resolve 41 long-standing disputes with tribal governments over the federal mismanagement of trust funds and resources by paying the tribes $1.023 billion. The settlement funds do not have to be approved by Congress but instead will come from the United States’ Judgment Fund.

The settlements also hope to establish a framework for promoting tribal sovereignty and improving nation-to-nation federal-tribal relations, while trying to avoid future litigation.

The announcement was made at a White House ceremony. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called the settlements a “deliverance” on the promise Obama made to Indians when campaigning for president in 2008. 

Charlie Galbraith, from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs said:  “Many of the cases include claims by the tribes that go back over 100 years . . . .” 

Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/11/obama-moves-to-settle-41-tribal-trust-cases-for-1-billion-107735#ixzz1rm8w5ncA

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