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Bush signs Western Shoshone payout bill into law

President Bush signed into law a bill to distribute $145 million to members of the Western Shoshone Nation.

The money is payment for 26 million acres of land Western Shoshone tribes lost to white encroachment and other actions. Some tribal activists object because they say they never lost legal title to the land.

About 6,000 tribal members would receive a one-time payment of about $20,000. The bill sets up a $1.5 million education trust fund.

Get the Story:
WESTERN SHOSHONE: Law frees funds for Indian lands (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 7/8)
Bush Signs Measure to Pay Western Shoshone for Land (AP 7/8)
Bush signs law to pay Western Shoshone for ancestral lands (AP 7/7)

Relevant Links:
Western Shoshone Defense Project -

Relevant Documents:
NCAI Resolution | Senator Reid Letter

Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act:
Bill Report | H.R.884 | S.618

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