Northern Cheyenne Tribe reaches settlement with Catholic school

A fundraising plea features an image of an Indian girl. Image from St. Labre Indian School

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has reached a settlement with the Catholic Church over the operation of a school on the reservation.

The tribe sued the church in 2005, alleging that the St. Labre Indian School exploited the conditions on the reservation in order to raise millions of dollars. In February 2013, the Montana Supreme Court said the case could proceed on the grounds of “unjust enrichment."

"NCT alleges that St. Labre raised between $27 and $30 million for two of the four years before the filing of its complaint," the court said at the time.

Terms of the settlement haven't been released. It hasn't been finalized in the courts, The Billings Gazette reported.

Get the Story:
Ending decade of litigation, tribe and Catholic school reach settlement over exploitation suit (The Billings Gazette 1/18)
Tribe, Insurers & Church at Odds Over Money (Courthouse News Service 11/17)

Montana Supreme Court Decision:
Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. Roman Catholic Church (February 5, 2013)

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