· The Navajo Nation said leases on its land, once largely overseen by the government, were mismanaged and the revenue not properly invested
· Public meetings will be held to ask Navajos how they think the money should be spent
· Tribal members have suggested that it be set aside for future generations or used for business development
· Tribes across the country have filed more than 100 breach-of-trust cases against the U.S. government
· Since April 2012, the federal government has resolved about 80 cases, totaling $2.5 billion
The Navajo Nation is poised receive half a billion dollars from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a single tribe.
The tribe has fought government legislation for decades for proper compensation for its people - many of whom live in abject poverty - after companies were allowed to use its lands.
Much of the land on the 27,000-square-mile reservation - in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah - has been leased for farming, grazing, oil and gas development, mining and housing.
The leases once were largely overseen by the government, which mismanaged the revenue and failed to properly invest and account for it, according to the tribe.