US agreed to pay 500 million US dollar in compensation to Native American Navajo tribe

Sep 25, 2014 16:26 IST

The US government on 24 September 2014 agreed to pay 500 million US dollar in compensation to Native American Navajo tribe.

In return for 500 million US dollar, the Navajo agreed to dismiss its lawsuit and forego further litigation over previous U.S. management of Navajo funds and resources held in trust by the federal government. The agreement will end decades-old disputes over use of land of tribes. It is the largest payment ever made by the government to a single tribe.

The Navajo tribe had filed litigation accusing US government for mismanaging resources on tribal lands.

The deal comes over two years after the administration announced similar settlements with 41 tribes for about 1 billion US dollar collectively. Since then, the government has resolved breach of trust claims by nearly 40 additional tribes for more than 1.5 billion US dollar.

The US has previously reached similar agreements with other tribes over the use of their land and goods.

About Navajos tribe

The Navajos are the largest indigenous tribe in the United States with more than 300000 members. The Navajo reservation, straddling the western states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, is the largest in the United States. It covers around 70000 square miles.

About 14 million acres of Navajo land is leased out for purposes including farming, oil and gas production, and mining.

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