Pay­ments to start in In­dian land case

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

A judge has au­tho­rized the start of pay­ments to Amer­i­can In­di­ans in a $3.4 bil­lion set­tle­ment in­volv­ing the fed­eral government’s mis­han­dling of land trust roy­al­ties, a law firm for the lit­i­gants said Wed­nes­day. U.S. District Judge Thomas Ho­gan au­tho­rized a firm to send the first round of $1,000 checks to about 350,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The set­tle­ment is one of the big­gest ever in­volv­ing the U.S. government.

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