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Judge approves $940 million settlement with tribes


Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker has given preliminary approval to a $940 million settlement with more than 600 tribes and tribal entities in a long-standing dispute over contract payments from the federal government.

Ramah Navajo Chapter, later joined by the Pueblo of Zuni and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, filed the lawsuit in 1990 after the Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to pay support costs associated with tribes who were handling services such as law enforcement.

Tribes took over many functions previously handled by the BIA following passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, which says the BIA must pay administrative overhead costs, such as worker compensation payments.


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