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December 22, 1999 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Branding the government's century-old mismanagement of Indian trust fund money as "inexcusable," a federal judge pledged Tuesday to oversee reform of a program that will pay thousands of Native Americans as much as $2.5 billion in royalties that are due them. In a final ruling in the long-running case, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth reiterated his condemnation of Interior and Treasury Department officials for what he called decades of mishandling the trust accounts.
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December 22, 1999 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Branding the government's century-old mismanagement of Indian trust fund money as "inexcusable," a federal judge pledged Tuesday to oversee reform of a program that will pay thousands of Native Americans as much as $2.5 billion in royalties that are due them. In a final ruling in the long-running case, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth reiterated his condemnation of Interior and Treasury Department officials for what he called decades of mishandling the trust accounts.
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