Tribal Sovereignty Recognized in Volkswagen Settlement Agreement with the EPA and DOJ

Published on Jun 28, 2016

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement in pending litigation regarding allegations of deceitful emissions tests and deceiving customers by Volkswagen. Under the $14.7 billion settlement, Volkswagen is required to spend $2.7 billion to fund projects across the country that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide for interested states, cities, Indian tribes, and federal agencies. Part of the fund is reserved solely for tribes. “The Volkswagen settlement agreement marks the first time tribal governments have been specifically included in a major public settlement and is an important recognition of our status as sovereign nations,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “This will hopefully set a precedent for tribes to be considered in our rightful place among the family of governments in future settlements.”

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