I had neglected to include one of the most important ones in my DOJ Watch - something I need to rectify immediately. When we talk about what Holder has done, this one should be right at the top of the list.
The Obama administration announced April 11 its intent to resolve 41 long-standing disputes with Indian tribal governments over the federal mismanagement of trust funds and resources.This agreement negotiated by DOJ between the 41 tribes and the Dept. of Interior settled cases that were over 100 years old. It is milestones like this that prompted Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation to say that Obama is "the best President for Indian Country in the history of the United States."
Ignacia Moreno, assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, said the settlements will amount to a combined total of $1.023 billion to the 41 tribes for past federal mismanagement.
Beyond money, the settlements also set forth a framework for promoting tribal sovereignty and improving nation-to-nation federal-tribal relations, while trying to avoid future litigation through improved communication, Moreno said.
Yep, that's a biggie that we can thank Mr. Holder for.