More tribes settle trust fund lawsuits as Obama era nears its end
Another 17 tribes have settled their trust fund lawsuits against the federal government, taking advantage of the few months left in the administration of President Barack Obama.
The latest settlements total nearly $430 million. That brings the total value dollar to more than $3.3 billion since Obama came on board in January 2009.
"Settling these long-standing disputes reflects the Obama administration’s continued commitment to reconciliation and empowerment for Indian Country," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a press release on Monday.