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WPR: Wyoming tribes face long fight in trust mismanagement

"On Monday, the Federal Court of Appeals reinstated a claim filed by the Wind River Tribes against the federal government which accuses the Department of Interior of mismanaging mineral royalties for the two tribes.

The Shoshone and Arapaho claims were initially filed in 1979. Since then, most have been adjudicated and settled, however, one big piece remains: oil and gas leases initially established in the early 1900’s.

Allegedly, the Department of Interior managed those leases, then illegally transformed them into new leases in the 1930s."

Get the Story:
Wind River tribes take Dept. of Interior back to court (Wyoming Public Radio 1/10)

Federal Circuit Decision:
Shoshone Indian Tribe, Arapaho Indian Tribe v. US (January 9, 2012)

Related Stories:
Federal Circuit reinstates trust claim in Wyoming tribes' case (1/10)

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