Navajo Nation to Receive $554 Million from US Government in Record Settlement | The Mind Unleashed

http://themindunleashed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Navajo-3.jpgOn Friday September 26th in Window Rock, Arizona, leaders of the Navajo Nation and the US Government will sign a settlement that compensates the Navajo Nation for the federal government’s mishandling of their land during the past 60 years. This will be the largest ever settlement distributed by the US Government to a Native American tribe.

The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe by both population and mass, with some 300,000 members spanning 27,000 square miles of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. From 1946 – 2012, the US Government held in trust some 14 million acres of Navajo land from which it extracted coal, gas, uranium and oil in what has been deemed an ‘irresponsible manner.’ This payment will settle the lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation in 2006 that the US government did not negotiate appropriate deals with the entities mining resources from their land, nor did they properly reimburse the tribe for the value of the resources extracted from the land, and they also did not adequately invest the earnings on the tribe’s behalf.

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