Western Shoshone leaders want U.S. to show ownership
Monday, October 27, 2003

Leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation want the United States to show how it gained ownership of 60 million acres of land.

In a suit filed in federal court, a group of tribal members say the land belongs to the tribe under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. But the government contends the tribe lost ownership through white encroachment and set up a trust account to "pay" for the land.

The account has grown to nearly $145 million. A bill pending in Congress would force distribution of the money, but opponents contend the payment is illegal.

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