Ponca Tribe settles pollution lawsuit for $10.8M
The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma will share a $10.8 million settlement that ends a lawsuit with a carbon black plant.

The tribe and about 1,800 landowners accused Continental Carbon Co. of polluting their homes and the environment. Continental Carbon did not admit guilt as part of the settlement.

"Pollution being placed on our ancestors’ graves and our homes for the sake of profit by foreign corporations ... is completely unacceptable and it had to be stopped," said landowner Amos Hinton, a descendent of Ponca Chief Standing Buffalo, The Oklahoman reported.

According to the paper, the attorneys who handled the case will get 40 percent of the settlement, plus more than $1.6 million for expenses.

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Ponca Tribe settles carbon suit (The Oklahoman 7/29)