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New interior secretary reaches out to tribes

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sally Jewell made an emotional pledge in her first address to Indian Country as the 51st U.S. Interior secretary, saying she'll help right past wrongs against Native Americans and work with tribes “nation-to-nation” to protect their sovereignty. Jewell fought back tears and paused to compose herself during remarks Thursday in Reno, Nev., to about 300 delegates of the National Congress of American Indians. The casino-ballroom audience gave her a standing ovation. The ex-outdoor retail executive from Seattle became secretary in April. She told delegates the U.S. government doesn't have a proud legacy when it comes to upholding promises to native people. She said she cannot “reverse all of that” in four years, but she is determined to make important progress and help tribes become more economically independent.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter Scott Sonner.

AP: Billion-dollar fed-tribal settlement includes three Idaho tribes…

The federal government has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, resolving claims brought by 41 tribes from across the country to reclaim money lost in mismanaged accounts and from royalties for oil, gas, grazing and timber rights on tribal lands. The AP reports that negotiations continue on dozens of other cases. The settlement, announced today by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of the Interior, includes nearly $34 million for Idaho's Nez Perce Tribe. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Shannon Dininny in Yakima. According to a Justice Department news release, the 41 tribes covered by the settlement also included the Coeur d'Alene and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Idaho, and the Spokane Tribe in eastern Washington.

Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan spoke at the White House announcement today, and called the settlement long overdue; the Coeur d'Alenes will receive $18 million. “Today is a great day because it is a new day – a day when tribes across this nation can close the door on many wrongs of the past and open the door to a future of mutual respect and cooperation,” Allan said. He said the North Idaho tribe receives the money in exchange for dismissing its lawsuit against the United States to reclaim millions that were lost due to the federal government’s mismanagement of the tribe’s trust accounts and trust resources like timber, grazing and crop proceeds.

 

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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