Federal Government Pays One Billion Dollars to Settle Tribal Suit Submitted: 04/12/2012
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - The federal government says it will pay more than 1-billion dollars to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of trust lands.

The settlement announced jointly by the Justice Department and the interior Department resolves claims brought by 41 tribes from across the country.

Included are the Lac Du Flambeau and Bad River Ojibwe bands in Wisconsin.

The Interior Department manages about 2,500 tribal trust accounts for more than 250 tribes.

Dozens of tribes have filed suit in recent years claiming the accounts have been mismanaged.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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