Cherokee Nation to receive $29.5 million in settlement from Indian Health Service

Source:  CASEY SMITH/ Tulsa World

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will receive $29.5 million in a settlement with the Indian Health Service to compensate for the costs of contracting for health services that the federal agency failed to pay the tribe for nearly a decade.

The Tribal Council will approve plans for spending the settlement in an upcoming meeting, spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said.

The Indian Health Service is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is required to pay the Cherokee Nation each year for indirect costs to support health contracts and other infrastructure.

The Cherokee Nation originally filed its claim in 2006 after those costs went unpaid.

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