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House approves bill to distribute Minnesota Chippewa trust fund





By a voice vote, the House passed H.R.1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act, on Monday.

The bill distributes a $28 million trust fund that stems from the taking of tribal land. About $12 million will be distributed on a per capita basis to the 40,000-plus members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the remaining $16 million will be equally distributed to the six Chippewa bands.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians has fought passage of the bill. Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose has been a vocal critic but just lost his re-election bid.

Get the Story:
House agrees to pay Minnesota tribes $28 million (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 6/19)
Chippewa, U.S. House settle on land sale (Minnesota Public Radio 6/19)

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