'New Chapter in Trust': Historic copy86 Million Settlement Reaffirms Sovereignty, Tribes Say
Tribes and the U.S. Department of the Interior heralded the outcome of a copy86 million settlement signed earlier this month between the federal government, the Choctaw and the Chickasaw nations to solve a longstanding land trust dispute as a new chapter in relations.
“This settlement represents a significant milestone in helping solidify and improve our relationship with the United States,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby in a statement during the October 5 signing ceremony that also gave a nod to the impetus provided by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “We respect the vital role Secretary Jewell has taken in helping make this historic settlement a reality. We are confident she will play an essential role in our efforts to continue strengthening the relationship between our governments, because we believe she has a unique appreciation for the mutual benefits of a positive government-to-government relationship.”