BIA to hold meeting for Western Shoshone trust distribution
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public meeting on June 19 to discuss the distribution of the Western Shoshone trust fund.

In 1972, the Indian Claims Commissionsaid the Western Shoshone Nation was owed $26 million for the gradual loss of the lands that were promised by the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. Tribal activists long refused to accept the money but Congress passed a law to distribute the fund with the support of some tribal leaders and the Bush administration.

The trust fund has grown to about $185 million, The Elko Daily Press reported. About 4,000 to 6,000 are expected to be eligible for a per capita share of the money.

Applications for the fund are due August 2. A person must possess at least one-fourth Western Shoshone blood and must have been born before July 7, 2004, to qualify.

Get the Story:
BIA to talk claims at Elko meeting June 19 (The Elko Daily Press 6/10)

Federal Register Notice:
Deadline for Submission of Applications To Be Included on the Roll of Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians for Judgment Fund Distribution (May 20, 2010)

Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act:
Bill Report | H.R.884 | S.618

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