County Court Awards $109 Million Against Tribal Member

Link to Journal Entry of Judgment by Default in the matter of Whitebird v. McKinney (12/11/2015) here.

Link to Topeka Capital-Journal coverage here.

Excerpts from judgment:

Exhibit 4 which represents information published in the Kansas Register authorizing the daily rate for Kansas Neurological Institution in Topeka, Kansas.  KNI is a residential health care facility for profoundly disabled individuals.  Exhibit 4 also represents an estimate of projected future cost of care in an institution similar to KNI in Topeka, Kansas, to the age of 68 that totals $104,160,411.68.

Exhibit 5 is a medical cost projection for severely disabled individuals through the age of 77 that totals $5,020,246.00.  This projection does not include cost of full-time attendant care that Romeo Whitebird will need the rest of his life.

Plaintiffs don’t believe they will recover the full award, but the judgment secures any future earnings from income or oil royalties from the Three Affiliated Tribes member who is serving nine years for abusing the, then, seven-month-old.