Settlement reached in legal battle between government, Native Americans

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PHOENIX - A settlement was reached in the legal battle between the U.S. government and Native Americans.

The feds will pay the tribes more than a billion dollars for a century of lost income.

The Obama administration proposed the deal yesterday, which the Native Americans agreed to but Congress will still have to approve it.

The settlement covers more than 300,000 American Indians, including about 20,000 in Arizona. 

Part of the settlement would include a $2 billion program to buy back and consolidate Indian land that had been "fractionated" into multiple individual owners over generations making it difficult to develop.