A nearly 150-year-old treaty between the United States and a number of Indian tribes requires the U.S. government pay for the treatment and other losses of a Sioux woman sexually assaulted by an Army recruiter, a federal judge ruled. Judge Francis Allegra said in a ruling Tuesday in Washington that Lavetta Elk, 26, was entitled to more than $590,000 in damages under treaty language that requires reimbursement to members of Sioux tribes injured by "bad men among the whites, or among other people subject to the authority of the United States."
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