Tribal Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma (the O-Gah-Pah) File Class-Action Lawsuit, Seeking Damages for Breach of Trust

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Nine individual members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma have filed a class action, breach-of-trust lawsuit on behalf of all similarly situated Quapaw Tribal members in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Grace M. Goodeagle v. United States, No. 11-00009.

“This lawsuit represents an important step forward for members of the Quapaw Tribe,” said Nancie G. Marzulla, one of the attorneys representing the Tribal members in the litigation. “Having grossly abused the Tribal members’ trust for so many years, it is

Nine individual members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma have filed a class action, breach-of-trust lawsuit on behalf of all similarly situated Quapaw Tribal members in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Grace M. Goodeagle v. United States, No. 11-00009. The breach-of-trust claims arise from the federal government’s alleged mismanagement of individual money accounts (IIM) accounts, and other money owed to Tribal members under leases, contracts, and permits. The lawsuit also claims reparations for the Government’s alleged mismanagement of the Tribal members’ allotment lands, including massive environmental contamination resulting in one of the nation’s most notorious hazardous waste sites, Tar Creek.

“This lawsuit represents an important step forward for members of the Quapaw Tribe,” said Nancie G. Marzulla, one of the attorneys representing the Tribal members in the litigation. “Having grossly abused the Tribal members’ trust for so many years, it is only fair that the federal government now pay back the money that rightfully belongs to the Tribal members,” added Ms. Marzulla.

An accounting of the federal government’s historical management of Quapaw trust assets was recently completed. This accounting identifies and details the Government’s mismanagement of numerous individual Tribal member trust assets, including the Government’s failure to collect monies due and owing under leases, permits, and agreements for the Quapaw Tribe and for the restricted interest holders of 13 allotments and of the class they represent, the degradation of the natural resources on the land and the environment, and the waste and dissipation of other trust assets, all of which the complaint alleges was the result of Government mismanagement and negligence.

Nancie Marzulla and Roger Marzulla’s Washington, D.C.-based law firm focuses on litigation designed to obtain just compensation and reparations for claimants in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Nancie Marzulla and Roger Marzulla have been selected by their peers to be included on the list of Best Lawyers of America. For more information visit http://www.marzullalaw.com or call 202-822-6760. Follow Nancie Marzulla at http://www.twitter.com/takingslawyer     

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