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$3.4B Indian settlement added to war-funding bill
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Posted on 07/02/2010 2:39:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives attached a $3.4 billion government settlement with Indian trust beneficiaries to a war-funding bill that it passed just before breaking for the July Fourth holiday.

The settlement was one of several additions made late Thursday to the $80 billion appropriations bill that includes funding for the troop surge in Afghanistan and money for federal disaster assistance. It authorizes the Obama administration to settle a class-action lawsuit with between 300,000 and 500,000 American Indians who claims the Interior Department mismanaged billions of dollars held in trust by the government......

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KEYWORDS: congess; democrats; elections; indian; obama

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2009 file photo, Elouise Cobell, right, looks on as Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes testifies during a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. Caught in the Senate filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment payments is a $3.4 billion government settlement with hundreds of thousands of American Indians over claims that the Interior Department mismanaged their land trust accounts


1 posted on 07/02/2010 2:39:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
What can you say. It was stolen from them and now returned. Lucky they didn't charge big interest.
2 posted on 07/02/2010 2:46:49 PM PDT by fish hawk (Hussein Obama: Golf/Gulf, not very good at either.)
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To: JoeProBono

“...$3.4 billion government settlement with Indian trust beneficiaries...” Why do we need to give the Indians any more money? Enough is enough, let them live off thier casinos!


3 posted on 07/02/2010 2:49:43 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: y'all

I think I just figured out why there is no
“The Government Did Something Right” ping list.


4 posted on 07/02/2010 2:52:50 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Rebuke, Renounce, Repeal, Repeat,...)
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To: WellyP

What you mean 'we' white man?


5 posted on 07/02/2010 2:54:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

This is exactly why you have to throw YOUR SOB out this November!!!!!


6 posted on 07/02/2010 3:50:22 PM PDT by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: WellyP
Statements like yours are so stupid one wonders where to start. I'll try: one: the money isn't being "given them" it was stolen from them by the Gov. and is now being returned. Two: Tribes with Casinos is a minority. My tribe is poor and they have no Casino. Three: tribes in Calif that do have Casinos pay into a reserve that is distributed to poor tribes like mine and many many other. Four: That money that was stolen from them was from where the Government leases Indian owned land out to others (whites) like grazing lands and such and put in a fund MANAGED for them by the U.S. government.

So when one knows absolutely nothing about the subject it might be best to just shut up instead of showing your blatant ignorance.

7 posted on 07/02/2010 4:27:47 PM PDT by fish hawk (Hussein Obama: Golf/Gulf, not very good at either.)
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To: JoeProBono

so...I don’t understand this fractional thing very well. Uncle Sam is to buy back land fractions and then give them to the Tribe, who can (or not) then sell them back to the original sellers? Why can’t tribal members sell the fractions amongst themselves instead of to the Tribe, how does this affect future individual property ownership rights of a tribal indian to Tribal land - and, why does the Govt need to be the broker?


8 posted on 07/02/2010 6:48:14 PM PDT by blueplum
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I think the tribes were ripped off and also the black farmers. For those not in either group, but paid taxes- we’ve been ripped off, too.

Social Security and Medicare insurance. Ponzi schemes and I would have much preferred to have saved the extra cash on my own.


9 posted on 07/03/2010 3:39:36 PM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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