NARF represents the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Chippewa Cree, White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa, and Little Shell Chippewa Tribes in this case against the federal government for misaccounting and mismanagement of their tribal trust fund, the Pembina Judgment Fund (PJF), since the inception of the fund in 1964. In 2006 the Tribes defeated the United States' motion to have the case dismissed.
Since August 2007 the parties have been trying to resolve the Tribes' claims primarily through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings before a Settlement Judge of the Court. In August 2009 the parties reached agreement at least for settlement negotiations on the population of "baseline" (non-investment) transactions in the PJF. They are now proceeding to negotiate the claims of the government's investment mis-management of the PJF. Three in-person ADR settlement purposes sessions have been held 1) March 3-4, 2010 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C; 2) April 19-20, 2011 at the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota in Bismarck, ND; and 3) July 20-21, 2011 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. All in person negotiations have been attended by representatives of the clients.