PLEASANT POINT — The U.S. Department of Interior has agreed to pay Maine’s Passamaquoddy tribe $11.4 million to settle a claim of federal mismanagement of tribal assets.

The lawsuit was filed in 2006 by 60 tribes from throughout the United States. The Passamaquoddies’ Joint Tribal Council met March 6 and voted to ratify the settlement, but the council also agreed not to discuss it.

Hundreds of tribal members who live within the Pleasant Point and Indian Township settlements have signed petitions asking the Joint Tribal Council to distribute the money equally among tribal members. The tribe’s current census shows 3,369 tribal members.

Council member Leslie Nicholas told the Bangor Daily News that the funds will be deposited and frozen for the time being.

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