On April 9, 2010, US District Judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time to reach a decision on a $3.4 billion settlement against the government brought on behalf of Native Americans for mismanagement of trust funds. The settlement would mark the end of a 14-year legal battle and the largest Native American claim approved by the US government. The trust was created by Congress in 1887 to hold proceeds from government-arranged leases of Native American lands. In January 2008, Judge Robertson held that the Department of the Interior (DOI) "unreasonably delayed" the accounting of billions of dollars of Native American money. On appeal the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the DOI to provide an accounting of the trust in July 2009.
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