Senate approves $144M Western Shoshone payout bill
Monday, October 20, 2003

The Senate voted with unanimous consent on Friday to approve a bill that distributes $143.9 million to the Western Shoshone Nation.

The money is considered a "payment" for 60 million acres of land the Western Shoshone tribes lost to white settlers and other encroachment. Some tribal members oppose the bill because they believe their land was not taken legally.

Most of the money, about $142 million, will be distributed to about 4,500 Western Shoshone descendants. The remaining $1.4 million will be used for education.

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Tribal payment gets OK (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 10/18)

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