US Department of Interior Forming Panel to Oversee Native American Trust Responsibilities
July 10, 2011

Story Created: Jul 10, 2011 at 11:54 PM MDT

An update tonight on the $3.4 billion settlement approved last month as part of a lawsuit over past mismanagement of Native American land.

Some of the nation’s top officials are now working to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

The US Department of the Interior is taking nominees to serve on a five-member panel, known as the Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform.

Their task, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; to help oversee how the department manages and administers its trust responsibilities to American Indians.

They’ll have two years to make those non-binding recommendations to the department.