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Senate Rejects $3 Billion Indian Trust Settlement

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) The U.S. Senate has rejected a $3.4 billion government settlement with American Indians that had been added to a much larger war-funding bill. The Senate passed the almost $60 billion bill funding President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan late Wednesday but not before stripping...

No Vote From U.S. Senate On Indian Trust Settlement

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) Supporters of a $3.4 billion government settlement with American Indians will have to keep waiting. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to adjourn Wednesday without giving the Obama administration the authority to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell of Browning...

Congress Poised To Pass Indian, Black Farmer Deals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Would-be farmer Carl Eggleston has been waiting nearly a decade to refile his claim against the government for the discrimination he says he faced when he tried to start a hog farm on his Virginia property. The African-American from Farmville said his application for a government...

Obama Signs Law Settling Indian Tribes, Black Farmers Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) American Indians and black farmers will be paid $4.6 billion to address claims of government mistreatment over many decades under landmark legislation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday. The legislation "closes a long and unfortunate chapter in our history," Obama...

Native American Groups Sue To Stop Solar Projects

BLYTHE, Calif. - (AP) Native Americans are clashing with the federal government over plans to fast-track approval and construction of massive solar energy projects that the Indians fear will harm sacred and culturally significant sites in Western deserts. Recent lawsuits by two native groups pose a threat...

Panel Hears Plan To Cap Attorney Fees In $3.4 Billion Settlement

(AP) Attorneys in the government's $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians over mismanaged royalties are "stonewalling" a congressional panel as they ask a judge to more than double their fees in the case, the committee's chairman said Tuesday. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is co...