United States Settles Tribes’ Contract Costs Claims For ‘Unprecedented’ Amount
Mealey's (March 7, 2016, 11:33 AM EST) -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico federal judge on March 2 approved an “unprecedented” $940 million settlement of Native American tribes’ 25-year-old class claims that the U.S. government underpaid tribes and tribal contractors to operate Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) programs (Ramah Navajo Chapter, et al. v. Sally Jewell, et al., No. 90-957, D. N.M.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27624).
(Amended findings of fact and conclusions of law available. Document #96-160311-024X.)
In 1990, the Ramah Chapter of the Navajo Nation, the Ocala Sioux Tribe...