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SWO to Receive Part of $5 Billion Janssen Opioid Settlement


Last updated 4/13/2022 at 10:19pm | View PDF

Editor's note: SWO Tribal Council by motion approved the funding. R. German, SWO Public Information Officer, March 29, 2022 Agency Village, SD Members of SWO tribal leadership met with the Robins Kaplan law firm via conference call late Monday afternoon, March 28,2022 to discuss next steps in securing SWO’s share in the $5 billion nation-wide opioid settlement that Janssen reached in July 2021. These settlement funds are designed to directly support state, local, and tribal efforts in combat-ing the opioid crisis in the United States. During the meeting, it was con-firmed that the tribe would be eligible to receive $1.6 million in settlement funds and it was discussed that the tribe would use those funds in order to help build the new SWO addiction treatment facility. The $1.6 million would be paid out over the course of 2 years, which is much shorter than the state and local payment terms. This would help tribes be able to access the funds quicker and in turn be able to use them as needed on a more urgent basis. In order to receive these funds, the representative from Robins Kaplan informed tribal leadership that participation would have to be at 95 percent for litigating tribes and as soon as they reached that participation target, the funds would begin to be dispersed. All federally recognized tribes are eligible to participate and Madam Secretary shared the intent for SWO to participate. The next council meeting is set for April 5th, 2022 and council will need to pass a motion to opt-in to receive settlement funds, --Editor's note: SWO Tribal Council by motion approved the funding.


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