A panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $3.4 billion settlement in favor of a class of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans on Tuesday, reports The Associated Press.
The settlement in question was between the United States government and the plaintiffs, involving the land trust royalties that were mismanaged by the Interior Department. The settlement stems from a 1996 lawsuit brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, where Cobell sought to determine how much money had been mismanaged and lost by the Department of the Interior. The lawsuit was resolved in 2009.