So lemme ask you this JWC and/or kresge (or anybody else) ...
If the tribes were not their own sovereign entities, are you saying (or do you believe) that there would not have been this "payoff"??
I mean, technically, it comes from a lawsuit AND an incurred debt - (for damages inflicted by the government) - between nations. The only difference between us and Native Americans (as far as such damages go) is that they were allowed to become a separate nation of people ... and we were not.
A good part of the reason why a payout of "reparations" is unlikely, but a payout of "payment" is even possible, is due to the sovereignty issue of Indian Nations.
So, I'm wondering ... if they were just 'hung out there' as we are, without a legal umbrella of 'sovereignty' covering them ... do you think this 'compensation' would have still happened?