By David Holtzman (August 8, 2022, 5:41 p.m. EDT) – A descendant of black people enslaved by Native Americans says a judge ignored trust law when he dismissed a putative class action lawsuit demanding an accounting of potential royalties from Oklahoma oil and gas leases.

Leatrice Tanner-Brown and her co-plaintiffs filed a motion Friday in Washington, DC, in federal district court to vary the judge’s July order dismissing her case. She said the federal government must account for the assets it held in trust for her freed grandfather, George Curls, the son of African Americans enslaved by the Cherokee, to whom 60 acres of land was given awarded in Oklahoma as…

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