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White House announces almost $500M going to tribes

 

Last updated 11/14/2016 at 6:25pm

The White House

President Barack Obama made a promise to host an annual summit with tribal leaders to ensure that Native Americans could participate in important decisions affecting their communities. "We haven't solved every issue. We haven't righted every wrong. But together, we've made significant progress in almost every area," Obama told the eighth annual Tribal Nations Conference which was his last.

WASHINGTON, DC-At President Barack Obama's final White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, he announced that his administration will pay 17 Native American tribes a total of $492.8 million to settle long-standing disputes over mismanagement of tribal lands by the Department of the Interior. The settlement comes amid ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Federal authorities manage almost 100,000 leases on nearly 56 million acres of trust lands on behalf of Native American tribes, including oil and gas extraction rights, timber harvesting, grazing, farming and hous...



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