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Wind River tribes expect $6.5M for winning trust case

Two Wyoming tribes whose trust assets were mismanaged by the federal government expect to receive an additional $6.5 million for winning their case, The Casper Star-Tribune reports.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe filed a breach of trust lawsuit against the Interior Department for mismanaging oil, gas and other resources from 1946 to 1973. The tribes have previously settled some claims for $12 million and expect more money, plus interest, now that the case has been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Bush administration had appealed the case in hopes of overturning the favorable rulings.

Get the Story:
Tribes win case against government (The Casper Star-Tribune 4/19)

DOJ Briefs:
DOJ Petition | DOJ Appendix | Reply | Response

Tribal Briefs:
Tribal Petition | Response

Docket Sheets:
US v. Shoshone Indian Tribe | Eastern Shoshone Tribe v. US

Other Documents:
Alberto Gonzales Testimony (March 1, 2005)

Lower Court Decision:

Relevant Links:
Eastern Shoshone Tribe -
Northern Arapaho Tribe -
NCAI-NARF Supreme Court Project -

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