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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that, as a result of an initiative begun in the summer of this year, the United States has reached settlement with 17 additional tribal governments who alleged that the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury had mismanaged monetary assets and natural resources held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the tribes. With these resolutions, the Obama Administration will have settled the vast majority of the outstanding claims, some dating back more than a century, with more than 100 tribes and totaling over $3.3 billion.
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“These historical grievances were a barrier to our shared progress toward a brighter future,” said Attorney General Lynch. “With today’s announcement, those barriers have been removed and decades of contention have been ended honorably and fairly. These settlements reflect the shared