Latest US settlement with tribes puts total payout at $3.3B
The United States has reached a settlement with 17 additional Native American tribes that had alleged the federal government mismanaged assets and natural resources held in trust.
The latest settlements will resolve the “vast majority” of the outstanding claims, according to a press release. So far the payouts total more than $3.3 billion and cover claims by more than 100 tribes.
Some of the resolved claims had dated back more than a century.
The U.S. Department of Interior manages about 56 million acres of trust lands for tribes, as well as more than 100,000 leases on the land for uses such as housing, timber harvesting, farming, and oil and gas extraction.