A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday implored Congress to pass necessary legislation approving a billion-dollar settlement in long-running Indian trust suit, saying that justice is on hold because of inactivity on Capitol Hill.

Senior Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia spoke Thursday during a status conference in the suit, Cobell v. Salazar, which was filed more than a decade ago here. Justice and Interior department officials announced a $1.41 billion settlement in December in the suit, which seeks a historical accounting of billions of dollars of royalty funds flowing from the use of natural resources on Indian land.

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