Federal appeals court upholds Indian trust case settlement
With yet another appeal resolved in a case that stretches back to 1996, payments may start to flow to individual American Indians — an estimated 50,000 in Oklahoma — from the largest class-action settlement in history against the United States.
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the $3.4 billion settlement between the U.S. government and American Indians who sued over the management of their assets, rejecting claims that the scheme for compensating an estimated 500,000 Indians was unfair.
The decision from the appeals court here came nearly a year after the largest class-action settlement in history against the United States was approved by a federal district judge.
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