Northwest Tribes Will Share In Billion-Dollar Settlement
Indian tribes in the Northwest will be getting an infusion of cash. It’s part of a nearly $1 billion settlement the federal government recently reached with tribes across the nation. The settlement with the tribes is restitution for decades of underpayment by the federal government for tribal administration of contracts for such things as health care and social services. In all, tribes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho will receive more than $204 million.
‘No one is getting rich off this’
The Quinault Tribal Nation, on the Washington coast, will receive the largest payout in the Northwest, a payment of $22,810,544. In a news release, Quinault Council Treasurer Larry Ralston cautioned that “no one is getting rich off this.”