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Feds Ordered to Pay Senecas $7.4M for Health Care

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the federal government to pay more than $7 million to the Seneca Nation of Indians to make up for underfunded health care services.

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that Indian Health Services underestimated the number of patients served by Seneca Nation health clinics in western New York by about a third in 2010 and 2011. She ordered the agency to pay the tribe $7.4 million.

Seneca leaders said the problem occurred because the agency had believed that health clinic visits in towns on Seneca territory had actually taken place in towns with the same name in 14 other states.

The tribe took the government to court last year after the agency refused to address the complaints.

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