5 Things to Know in Montana for May 19

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2014 at 6:31 am •  Published: May 19, 2014
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FRUSTRATION AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS IN $3.4B GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENT:

Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans due shares of a $3.4 billion government settlement are growing frustrated over distribution delays. The payments have been held up by more than 2,400 appeals, and plaintiffs' attorneys plan to ask a federal judge this week to allow the distribution to take place before the appeals are finalized. More than 493,000 people have been identified as beneficiaries in the settlement over claims the government mismanaged billions of dollars held in trust for Indian landowners for more than a century.

ATTACK MAILERS ARRIVING AHEAD OF ELECTIONS:

Mailers from political-action committees and other outside groups attacking Republican candidates in contested legislative primaries are starting to appear in voters' mailboxes before the June 3 elections. Such attack mailers have become a fixture in Montana over the last few election cycles, and they are now appearing in contested GOP races where conservative and more moderate Republicans are competing for the party's nomination. Candidates and critics of the mailers say they distort voting records and try to deceive voters.