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Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation to settle trust litigation

Choctaw Chief Gary Batton, left, and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby in 2014. Photo from Chickasaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation have reached a settlement to their trust mismanagement lawsuit.

The two Oklahoma tribes sued the federal government in 2005, seeking an accounting of their trust assets and trust funds. After a decade of legal motions and maneuvers, a federal judge finally scheduled a trial that was due to start today.

But the tribes and the Obama administration informed the court that a settlement was reached. Details will be announced after the parties finalize the deal, The Oklahoman reported.

“The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are pleased that it appears there is going to be a resolution to this litigation that has gone on more than a decade,” attorney Michael Burrage, a Choctaw citizen and former federal judge, told the paper.

The settlement comes as President Barack Obama visits the Choctaw Nation tomorrow. He is due to speak about economic development at the Durant High School.

The event is not open to the public but it will be webcast at Obama is due to speak at 5:45pm Central time.

Since Obama became president, his administration has settled the Cobell trust fund lawsuit for $3.4 billion and has settled more than 70 cases with tribes. The dollar value in the tribal cases has topped $2.6 billion.

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