WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives has signed off on a $28 million settlement with the Minnesota Chippewa tribe.
The payment stems from a 1999 legal settlement between the Chippewa bands and the federal government over land and timber transactions from 1889.
Under the terms of the settlement, each tribe member will receive $300. The government of the six Chippewa bands will each receive multimillion-dollar payments.
Only five of the six Chippewa bands have supported the final settlement allotment, but U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said the final deal was “as good as we can do.
“We don’t want the perfect to be the enemy of the good, and it’s time that we got this settled,” Peterson said.
U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack co-sponsored the bill, which the House passed Monday night. U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have sponsored a Senate version of the bill.
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