Navajo Nation signs $554 million settlement with U.S. government

Posted at 8:41 PM, Sep 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-26 22:41:47-04

WINDOW ROCK, Navajo Nation — In a landmark agreement, The Navajo Nation has received a settlement from the federal government that totals $554 million.

The settlement is in regard to allegations of mismanagement of tribal resources, and it’s the largest of its kind for a Native American tribe.

A formal signing ceremony was held Friday morning in Window Rock to mark the settlement.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the agreement will help start a new chapter of relations between the U.S. Government and Native Americans.

The tribe agreed to settle the case months ago but had been awaiting approval from federal agencies.

The Navajo Nation originally wanted $900 million when the lawsuit was filed in 2006.

Navajo Nation officials said they will hold public meetings starting in October for community input on how the money should be spent.