Under a settlement with the United States, the Nation and its members are due to receive almost $200 million through a combination of immediate payments and appropriations to be requested from Congress pursuant to special legislation adopted in December 2012 known as a “congressional reference.”
The tribe filed an accounting case on February 14, 2002, to begin what it hoped would be a demonstration that Indian tribes could resolve claims against the United States through alternative dispute resolution. In 2004, the tribe reached a settlement of its accounting case that provided for a one-of-a-kind project under which the Nation was given access to federal records to conduct its own analysis of federal management of Quapaw assets.
The Nation’s efforts to try to work with the federal government to resolve disputes and claims outside of litigation was supported at the time by members of Congress and by officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior. However, when the Quapaw Trust Analysis project was completed in the summer of 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior told the Nation they were no longer interested in attempting a mediation.
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