Wyoming Tribes Split Mineral Royalty Windfall

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's two indian tribes will share 12 million dollars in federal mineral royalties. The money for the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes comes from a settlement in a dispute over underpaid royalties between 1973 and 2000. The settlement is part of an ongoing lawsuit between the tribes and the federal government over mismanaged tribal funds and resources. The six million dollars for each tribe will be split with 85 percent going to tribe members and 15 percent to tribal government.