May 18th, 2009
News From Indian Country, May 4, 2009, page 4, reports on a class action lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars for taking the Black Hills.
The U.S. Supreme Court already held in favor of the Sioux tribes in 1980 that the U.S. had to pay for taking the Black Hills. The tribes have refused to accept the money judgment ever since. The $105 million dollar judgment has since grown to nearly $500 million with interest.
Now, 19 named plaintiffs have filed a class action suit claiming to represent some 5,000 tribal citizens and are asking a federal court to order the United States to pay them the funds that the tribes have so far refused.
The tribes and many individuals are opposing this suit.