Sioux Tribe Members Can't Dip Into $290M Dam Trust

Law360, New York (September 06, 2013, 1:42 PM ET) -- A South Dakota federal judge declined Thursday to let a proposed class of Cheyenne River Sioux tribe members muscle in on a $290 million government compensation fund related to the construction of a hydroelectric dam, saying Congress didn't intend for individuals who lost land to be paid directly.

U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier determined that a $290 million trust established by the federal government was meant to go only to the Cheyenne tribe itself, despite complaints from certain tribe members that the arrangement left them...
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