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Press Release

*******MEDIA ADVISORY*******

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Departments of Justice and Interior to Announce Landmark Settlement with Nationwide Class of Tribes and Tribal Entities

ALBUQUERQUE – Officials from the Department of Justice and Department of the Interior (Interior) will hold a press conference on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, to announce a landmark settlement with a nationwide class of tribes and tribal entities.

WHO: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C.  Mizer  Head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez of the District of New Mexico

DOI Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn

President David Jose of Ramah Navajo Chapter

President John Yellowbird Steele of Oglala Sioux Tribe

Governor Val R. Panteah Sr. of Pueblo of Zuni

Michael P. Gross, M.P. Gross Law Firm P.C.

C. Bryant Rogers, partner in VanAmberg, Rogers, Yepa, Abeita, Gomez and Works LLP

Lloyd B. Miller, partner in Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson

WHEN:THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 11:00 a.m. MDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT

 WHERE:U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Mexico

201 Third Street NW

10th Floor Multi-Media Room (Reception on Ninth Floor)

Albuquerque, NM 87102


NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials (which must be worn around the neck or pinned to clothing at all times).  Media may begin to arrive at 10:00 a.m. MDT. Members of the media must RSVP for the above event to Nicole Navas at and Elizabeth Martinez at by Thursday, September 17, at 9:00 a.m. EDT.  Please include your name, outlet, position, phone number and email address. Inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Alyssa Ferda at 505-224-1480 or

Updated February 4, 2016

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