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Old 08-04-2013, 06:51 PM  
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. government is gearing up to spend nearly $2 billion on 10 million acres of land that will in turn be given back to Native American tribes.

The plan entails buying back reservation land from willing sellers and distributing that land among 150 tribes across the nation, the McClatchy Newspapers reported Sunday.

Congress agreed to the buyback in 2010 to settle a lawsuit.

“We can improve Indian Country if people will go along with this program and sell their interests back to their tribes,” Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said in an interview.

Meanwhile, tribe leaders say 45 percent of the land will go to just seven tribes, while other tribes will have to fight over the rest.

“We’re all going to be fighting for scraps,” said Chief James Allan of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe

And, many believe that property owners are expected to be reluctant sellers.

“This is a modern day retaking of the land and, given the historical implications of that, they don’t want to relive it,” said Les Riding-In, assistant dean and director of graduate studies at the University of Texas-Arlington and a member of the Comanche Tribe. “It’s reminiscent of how the government took the land back when colonization was happening.”
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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First off, Riding-In is a great name, and I envy Native Americans for their surnames.

Second, I think this is a great expenditure of money if we wish to expand third-world nations inside our borders. Otherwise, not so much.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #3
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“This is a modern day retaking of the land and, given the historical implications of that, they don’t want to relive it,” said Les Riding-In, assistant dean and director of graduate studies at the University of Texas-Arlington and a member of the Comanche Tribe. “It’s reminiscent of how the government took the land back when colonization was happening.”
Neither did the people inhabiting a certain part of the Mid-East.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:02 AM   #9
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
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This was part of a class action settlement of a lawsuit where Indian tribes rightfully claimed that the Federal Government did not turn over mineral royalties due Indian land owners that the mining companies paid or did not pay to the federal government because it was supposed to administer those royalties.

There were billions of unpaid royalties. Part of it was indifference, but another factor was the complicated and clouded titles of land owned by individual Indian families because tribal lands are ruled by tribal courts and a lot of the land has been "inherited" by multiple generations without probate.

So the idea is for Indians to sell their land back to their tribe for cash paid so that it will be easier to figure out ownership so that mineral royalites are properly paid going forward.

I am not sure exactly what happened to the billions of dollars in royalties that never got paid to the land owners, but I am pretty sure that it was many times more than the settlement.

This is a great thread were nobody knows anything but still has a strong opinion that something must be wrong.

This aspect of the settlement was in the government and the mining and drilling companies' interest because with new mining and drilling technologies, they would like to access the mineral resources and make sure that the royalties that the company knows it must pay will get to the right owners.
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