US government ordered to repay Native Americans millions of dollars

US government ordered to repay Native Americans millions of dollars

White Center : WA : USA | Jun 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM PDT
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The U.S. Supreme Court ordered government to repay Native American tribes the full expenses of running federal programs including education, homeland security and environmental protection. reports AFP

According to the court, the government will reimburse Navajo and several other tribes due to ensure themselves of social services during the 1994-2001 periods.

Under laws governing which allows Native Americans tribes to manage their own affairs the government committed to repay the entire costs of such programs run by the tribes for their people. According AFP.

But from 1994 the government changed the way it paid for the services provided under such contracts due to budgetary constraints; authorities imposed a ceiling on compensation and for seven years covered by 77 to 92 percent of costs.

According to AFP, in 2000 the U.S. Congress has allocated for this purpose to $ 1.6 billion, but the tribes were taken only 120 million.

The Indians perceived the judgment with great enthusiasm, The lawyer who represented the tribes in court said the judgment was a "big victory for the tribes. The government must fulfill its commitments and ensure the tribes get paid." According Guardian.

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