Here’s the entire story by Ben Neary of the Associated Press. Click here to see statements by various tribes opposing the amendment.CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Leaders of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes say a Wyoming senator’s proposed amendment would derail a pending $3.4 billion federal settlement with American Indians nationwide.
Leaders of the Wyoming tribes wrote to U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday. The tribes say the amendment sponsored by Republican Sen. John Barrasso would block settlement of the long-running Cobell trust lawsuit.
The lawsuit accuses the federal government of mismanaging revenues held in trust for Indian landowners.
Barrasso says his amendment would cap attorney fees at $50 million and strengthen the settlement. The Obama administration has warned passing the amendment could kill the settlement.
The Senate hasn’t scheduled a vote on the amendment.
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