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Blood Tribe members vote in favour of $150 million federal settlement in cattle claim

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STANDOFF, AB – Blood Tribe members have voted in favour of a $150-million settlement with the federal government, bringing to a close a decades long dispute.

In 1997, the Tribe filed a Statement of Claim in federal court alleging cattle promised in the Blackfoot Treaty of 1877 were never provided by the government and that resulted in significant economic damages.

Canada admitted in 2018 that it did breach the treaty and finally agreed to a $150-million settlement earlier this year.

Electronic and in-person voting was held this week and the results were announced Thursday night.

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A majority of eligible voters, voted in favour of the settlement which entitles each registered Blood Tribe member to receive $3,000 while the rest of the money will be used for capital projects and a long-term investment fund.

In order for the Tribe to receive the compensation amount of $149,842,550, a total of 25 percent of eligible voting members had to vote and the majority had to vote “yes” to the settlement.

Graphic provided by Blood Tribe Communications.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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