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Interior Department To Sign $554 Million Settlement With Navajo Nation

Officials with the Department of the Interior will be in Window Rock, Arizona on Friday to sign a $554 million settlement. The agreement will end a decades-old lawsuit the Navajo Nation filed against the United States for resource mismanagement.

Once it’s signed, the agreement will be the biggest settlement the federal government has made with an individual tribe.

In return, the Navajo Nation has promised to forego further litigation on the matter. They’ll also participate in an information sharing system designed to improve communication on resource management.

The agreement is one of many the administration is working to resolve with tribes over the mismanagement of trust funds and natural resources. In the last two years the U.S. has announced settlements with about 40 tribes totaling more than $1billion.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.