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Judge refuses to force Coushatta Tribe to pay $21M settlement






Lovelin Poncho. Photo from Koasati Heritage

A judge in Louisiana refused to force the Coushatta Tribe to pay a $21 million settlement with a construction firm.

Chairman Lovelin Poncho agreed to the settlement with Meyer and Associates. But the tribal council didn't sign off so Judge Clayton Davis said he won't enforce it.

"I'm not going to approve a settlement that the council is not going to ratify or agree to," Davis said in court, The Lake Charles American Press reported.

The firm filed a petition in state court to enforce the payment.

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State judge refuses to enforce $21M settlement between construction firm and Coushatta Tribe (AP / The Lake Charles American Press 4/29)