Monday, September 26, 2016

US reaches mismanaged money settlement with 17 more tribes

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce today that, as a result of an initiative begun in the summer of this year, the United States has reached settlement with 17 additional tribal governments who alleged that the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury had mismanaged monetary assets and natural resources held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the tribes. With these resolutions, the Obama Administration will have settled the vast majority of the outstanding claims, some dating back more than a century, with more than 100 tribes and totaling over $3.3 billion. In April 2012, the Justice and Interior Departments announced more than $1 billion in settlements with 41 federally-recognized tribes for similar claims, the result of nearly two years of negotiations (between 2009 and the 2012 announcement, Justice and Interior had settled with six other tribes). Since April 2012, the United States has reached settlement for claims of 57 additional tribes – including 17 reached after negotiations this summer and early fall - for an additional $1.9 billion, following through on its commitment to bring to an end, honorably and fairly, this protracted litigation that has burdened both the plaintiffs and the United States...more

What if all federal agencies had to settle up "honorably and fairly" with all Americans for all the mismanaged money and resources?  Wouldn't that be fun?

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