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Navajo Nation to host meetings to discuss $554M settlement

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly. Photo by Rick Abasta/Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

The Navajo Nation will hold a series of meetings across the reservation to decide what to do with a $554 million trust fund settlement.

The settlement is largest payout to a single tribe. It resolves a trust mismanagement lawsuit that was filed against the Interior Department in 2006.

President Ben Shelly will sign the settlement tomorrow morning at the Window Rock Tribal Park in Window Rock, Arizona. He will be joined by Secretary Sally Jewell, the head of the Interior Department, and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The ceremony will be webcast by the Navajo Nation Council at starting at 10am Mountain time.

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U.S. will pay Navajo Nation $554M to end royalties suit (Cronkite News 9/25)
U.S. settlement with Navajo Nation is largest ever for a tribe (The Los Angeles Times 9/25)
Navajos to Get $554 Million to Settle Suit Against U.S. (The New York Times 9/25)
Interior Department To Sign $554 Million Settlement With Navajo Nation (KJZZ 9/25)
U.S. official to visit Navajos for signing (The Albuquerque Journal 9/25)
Native Americans Won a Historic Victory After Decades of Injustice (Policy Mic 9/25)
US Government To Pay Navajo Nation Record Settlement (WBUR 9/25)

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