YAKIMA — The Yakama Nation will soon get $7.2 million as part of a settled class action lawsuit involving hundreds of tribes.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported the $940 million settlement was approved in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, district court and finalized by the Obama Administration, ending 25 years of dispute over insufficient payments to tribal agencies.
Attorneys handling the case prepared documents that specify the Yakama Nation’s share of the settlement.
The Ramah Chapter of the Navajo Nation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Zuni Pueblo filed the lawsuit after tribes took over federal programs like education.
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn released a statement last fall, when settlement plans were announced, saying tribes can be confident the federal government will sufficiently fund the former federal programs.