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Albuquerque, NM — In a historic settlement, Native American tribes have been awarded nearly a billion dollars. The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that a settlement was reached with 645 Native American Tribes for the sum of $940 million dollars.

The settlement stems from a 1990 lawsuit, which claimed the U.S. government failed to pay its portion of federal contracts for housing, education, law enforcement and healthcare, as well as a number of other support programs.

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When the federal government failed to meet its obligations, people on the tribal lands were decimated by suffering, according to tribal leaders.

“The federal government’s conduct was not just cruel and wrong, it was illegal,” said Governor Val Panteah Sr. of the Zuni Pueblo.

Tribal leaders believe the massive payout to compensate the tribes will assist in combating major issues faced on reservations such as alcoholism, rampant unemployment and almost non-existent healthcare system.

The settlement is meant to compensate the tribal contractors and tribes that were underpaid from the years of 1994 to 2013. The failure of the US government to meet financial obligations to the tribes is one of the historic means used to keep Native Americans disenfranchised.

“I’m very satisfied with this settlement, but in other areas of those treaty obligations we need to work like we did here,” President John Yellowbird Steele of the Oglala Sioux tribe told ABC 7.

There is hope among tribal and government leaders that this agreement could lay the foundation for future healing. There is cautious optimism, with hopes that broken treaty obligations can be eventually remedied.

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The settlement must be approved by a federal judge, with the tribes scheduled to begin to receive payments within the next six to ten months.


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  • 2thelighthouse

    I would like to sue our American govt. as well as the Indian tribes. My family did not immigrate here until well after the treaties were broken, yet we, as taxpayers, have our money taken away from us and given to the tribes even though we had nothing whatsoever to do with taking of the land nor treaties. I am SICK SICK SICK of the continuing payout to Indians!! When you think of how much money the land would have cost us to purchase it back whenever, versus how much money the Indians have been given in reparation, it is ridiculous! Anyone who has ever driven past reservations can see how little regard they have for their land, their home, themselves. I know far too many Indians who have never worked, never plan to work because they get so much money from hard-working taxpayers like myself. Gee, I wonder why they have such a huge problem with alcohol. Too much time on their hands! Quit the payoffs already!! We are SICK of paying out for something we had nothing to do with!!!!