Thursday, April 29, 2010

Administration settles with Native Americans on land rights; now Congress can't come up with the money

A class action suit on behalf of Native Americans, claiming U.S. Government mismanagement of funds from mineral and grazing rights on Tribal lands, seemed to be over when President Obama's administration negotiated a settlement for 3.4 billion dollars.

Only Congress isn't sure where to get that much money.

Said U.S. District Judge James Robertson:

“The need for Congress to act is real. Until or unless Congress acts, the lawyers who have devoted themselves to this case for 15 years on both sides are on hold, and, more importantly, all of Indian Country is on hold. And I don’t want to be too melodramatic about this, but justice is on hold.”

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