Judge James Robertson of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that the Interior Department "unreasonably delayed" its accounting for billions of dollars that should have gone to Native American landholders and that it was now impossible to remedy the problems.

The ruling came as the result of a 10-day bench trial. The trial in October 2007, was meant to determine if the Interior Department had remedied what an earlier judge had found to be a breach of the Interior Department's duty under the Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 to produce an accounting of Individual Indian Account money holders.

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