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Cobell

article Final Cobell Education Scholarship Fund Transfer Made; Totals $60 Million (4/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Tuesday announced the Department has made its final transfer to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund,...
article American Indian Activist Led A Landmark Suit Against The Federal Government (2/10/2017)
(Colorado) -- In 1996, Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell launched the largest class-action lawsuit ever filed against the federal government. She fought on behalf of...
article Cobell Buyback Update (2/2/2017)
(Washington) -- Although the closing date for accepting Cobell Land Buy-Back offers from Colville Reservation land owners was January 26th, the Buy-Back Team has...
article USDA expands farm loans for Native Americans farming and ranching on tribal land (12/11/2016)
(New York) -- Department Awards First Loan Under Highly Fractionated Indian Land Program. Agriculture Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse today announced that the U.S....
article Presidental Medal Of Freedom Should Come With Freedom For American Indians (11/22/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, November 22, Blackfeet tribal leader Elouise Cobell will be among 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House...
article A New Documentary Shines a Light on a Century of Native American’s Being Exploited (10/16/2016)
(USA) -- Countless Americans dropped their jaws earlier this week when it was announced that esteemed journalist Amy Goodman, longtime host of “Democracy Now!,...
article Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts (5/17/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations will be reaching deeper into Indian Country in the coming years. Another 63 reservations have been...
article Hopi among 63 Indian reservations to join land program (5/17/2016)
(Montana) -- U.S. officials on Tuesday added 63 American Indian reservations — including the Hopi Tribe — to an initiative that seeks to return millions of...
article Cobell Settlement Allows $8.2M Cost Claim, Class Reps Say [sub req] (4/28/2016)
(New York) -- Class representatives in the landmark $3.4 billion Cobell settlement over the federal government’s mismanagement of Native American trust funds...
article Tester Recommends Cobell for Nation’s Highest Honor (3/24/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- To honor her significant contributions to Indian Country, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is recommending Elouise Cobell for the Presidential Medal...
article Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell (9/19/2015)
(Washington D.C.) -- The late Elouise Cobell is not entitled to an additional $10.5 million in fees from the $3.4 billion settlement in the historic trust fund case that...
article Charmaine White Face: Cobell settlement turned into deception (2/5/2015)
(South Dakota) -- When Eloise Cobell sued the federal government for violating the trust of their wards, the American Indians, it was for individual violations not for...
article DOI expects 30 percent response rate on Cobell buyback offers (10/27/2014)
(Montana) -- The Interior Department has sent out more than $298 million in offers to landowners on the Crow Reservation in Montana but only expects about 30 percent of...
article Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans (10/13/2014)
(Montana) -- In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 500,000 Native landowners. Cobell’s...
article Crow Nation Gets $298 Million in Cobell Settlement Offers (10/6/2014)
(Montana) -- 4,000 Crow landowners will soon be getting an offer as part of the Cobell Settlement. The Secretary of the Interior announced today that the U.S. government...
press release Interior Transfers Another $1 Million from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (10/5/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $1 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund,...
article Cobell Land Buy Back offers roll out (9/28/2014)
(Montana) -- The first wave of offers from the Cobell Land Buy Back program are out. CSKT Tribal Lands department says they’re here to help.
article LAMAR: Say Thanks to Elouise Cobell (9/28/2014)
(New Mexico) -- As a youngster I asked Mom to buy me a Stingray bike. She gave me the same answer her parents gave her when she wanted a new bike, “Wait ‘til...
article Native Americans getting final settlement payments (9/20/2014)
(Montana) -- Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S....
article Native Americans Getting Final Settlement Payments (9/18/2014)
(Montana) -- Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S....
article Crow post office busy as Cobell settlement checks arrive (9/17/2014)
(Montana) -- A steady stream of Crow Indians filed into the Crow Agency post office Wednesday morning to retrieve checks of at least $800.
article Millions in mail for Native Americans (9/17/2014)
(South Dakota) -- Another round of checks is in the mail for Native American participants in a major class-action lawsuit. A total of $950 million is being divvied up...
article Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment (9/15/2014)
(USA) -- The proverbial check is in the mail -- a federal judge has approved the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
article Checks in Cobell Settlement case to be mailed this week (9/14/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- A judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has approved an order to issue payments to members of the trust administration...
article Cobell Settlement Checks to be Distributed Next Week (9/12/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday, September 11, approved a motion to begin distribution of...
article Native Sun News: Final Cobell payment might 'almost' be ready (9/12/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- According to the Garden City Group, the trust administrator for the Cobell settlement fund, the long awaited payment due to members of the Trust...
article Sen. Tester applauds approval of final Cobell settlement payout (9/12/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) welcomed a federal judge's decision to distribute the final payment in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
article Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment (9/11/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- The proverbial check is in the mail -- a federal judge has approved the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
article Motion filed to distribute final payments from Cobell settlement (9/11/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- The wheels are turning -- the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is one step away from being put in the mail.
article DOI expands Cobell buy-back program to four more reservations (9/8/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department will be expanding the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations to four more reservations in the coming weeks. DOI just made...
article Final payments from Cobell settlement closer to being distributed (9/4/2014)
(USA) -- The final checks from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are almost ready, according to the parties involved.
article Cobell trust settlement highlighted, clarified by recent events (9/3/2014)
(Montana) -- Pablo drew national attention two weeks ago with the visit of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel to the headquarters of the Confederated Salish and...
article DANIELS: Second round of Cobell payments coming soon? (8/26/2014)
(Minnesota) -- Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled. The recent court document filed as “Plaintiff...
article Payments to tribal members coming soon (8/24/2014)
(Montana) -- A settlement administration firm in Montana is getting ready to distribute funds to individual tribal members under a settlement with the U.S. Department of...
34 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Ruling means tribe can seek recognition through Interior Department (1/14/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe can now pursue federal recognition through the federal Department of Interior’s petition process, but the chairman of the...
1 Article on this Issue

Donald Trump

article American Indian & Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Invited to Listening Session with Trump Transition Team (12/11/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Western Caucus Foundation is hosting a listening session with Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the Trump Native...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues (10/19/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is taking a stand against a controversial bill that a fellow tribe has slammed as a "modern day Indian land grab."
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Seminole Tribe Wins Remand In Trust Row With Wells Fargo [sub req] (6/2/2016)
(Florida) -- A federal judge on Tuesday sent back to state court a suit by the Seminole Tribe of Florida alleging Wells Fargo Bank NA mismanaged a $1.4 billion trust for...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article $900M Tribal Oil Claim Blocked By Cobell, Fed. Circ. Rules [sub req] (4/28/2016)
(New York) -- A lawsuit accusing the government of underpricing drilling rights on a North Dakota reservation and costing Native Americans there nearly $900 million was...
1 Article on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article TERO Commission working on Ordinance changes (3/4/2016)
(North Carolina) -- Ernest Tiger, an EBCI tribal member and businessman, is unhappy with the current laws and structure of the Tribal Business Preference Law and the...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement (1/14/2016)
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation are planning to dedicate a portion of a $554 million trust fund settlement to improving infrastructure on the largest...
article Navajo Nation to see payment for $554M trust fund settlement (11/8/2014)
(Arizona) -- The proverbial check is in the mail -- the federal government is sending $554 million to the Navajo Nation for a trust fund settlement.
article Navajo Nation Council will host hearing on trust mismanagement settlement in Shiprock (11/3/2014)
(New Mexico) -- The public can attend a hearing on Thursday in Shiprock to weigh in on how the Navajo Nation should spend its recent $554 million trust mismanagement...
article Landmark settlement and new law are victories for tribal sovereignty (10/18/2014)
(Arizona) -- The U.S. government recently agreed to pay the Navajo Nation $554 million in the largest settlement ever to a Native American tribe.
article Navajo Nation Accepts $554 Million Trust Settlement from Feds – Largest in US History (9/27/2014)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed a historic multimillion-dollar trust settlement, the largest in United States history, at a commemorative signing...
article Navajo Nation Signs Historic $554 Million Settlement With Interior Over Mismanaged Trust Funds (9/27/2014)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on Friday September 26 signed a historic settlement with the U.S. Department of the Interior, resolving a longstanding dispute over...
article Officials at ceremony: Trust settlement is step toward ‘wrongs being corrected’ (9/26/2014)
(Arizona) -- In order to find out how the $554 million that the Navajo Nation will receive from the U.S. government for mismanaging the tribe’s trust assets...
article Navajo Nation to announce trust fund settlement this Friday (9/22/2014)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has finalized a "multi-million" dollar trust fund settlement with the Obama administration. President Ben Shelly will make an...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article Holding the U.S. Accountable for Funds Held in Trust (9/28/2014)
(Minnesota) -- I have returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
article GIAGO: Greedy lawyers and government ruin Cobell settlement (8/27/2014)
(South Dakota) -- The process of settling the so-called Cobell settlement has turned into a joke, except it is not one of those “ha –ha” jokes, but one...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article VIDEO: First Nation in Saskatchewan sets legal precedent with victory at Specific Claims Tribunal (1/7/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation in Central Saskatchewan has set a legal precedent. In December, Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation just north of Saskatoon were granted...
article Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape don't want to lose what they already have | Opinion (8/21/2016)
(New Jersey) -- By any measure, 12,000 years is a long time, but that's how far back you can trace the lineage of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape peoples in what we'...
article The slums of Big Sky Country (8/21/2016)
(Montana) -- My wife and I recently had the opportunity to tour a few Western states and it gave birth to a flood of stirring thoughts – it was perceptive insight...
article Tribal summit looks at unity, empowerment (8/14/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The 20th annual United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Bismarck Event Center Exhibition Hall. The theme...
article O'odham frustrated they were denied Rosemont draft opinion (8/7/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Coronado National Forest promoted “exclusion, rather than inclusion” by refusing requests from the Tohono O’odham nation and the Fish...
article OPINION: Support transfer of bison range to tribes (7/31/2016)
(Montana) -- One of the core principles of Montana Conservation Voters is the protection of our public lands as well as access to those public lands. At the state and...
article Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (7/22/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department is reaching out to Indian Country about a new law that promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management...
article National Bison Range transfer moving ahead (7/17/2016)
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are working to return the National Bison Range to tribal management. About 150 people attended a meeting last...
article Transfer land only a fraction of what tribes have lost (7/17/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Mark Fox says the acreage on Lake Sakakawea that is to be transferred back to his people represents a very small...
article Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs visits Blood Tribe to sign settlement (7/17/2016)
(Canada) -- The Minister of Indigenous and Northern affairs, Carolyn Bennett was in Standoff, Alta. to sign a settlement recognizing a claim that dates back over 70...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribe opposed Idaho's legal reach (7/17/2016)
(Idaho) -- Leaders with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe say they no longer want Idaho to extend its legal reach onto their reservation. Nearly a half-century ago, Congress...
article House to consider land-into-trust bills for two tribes in California (7/4/2016)
(California) -- The House will take up two land-into-trust bills on Tuesday. H.R.3079 places about 80 acres of federal land for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in...
article House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Tule River Indian Reservation Land Trust, Health, Economic Development Act (7/2/2016)
(Washington) -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 114-649) on legislation (H.R. 4685) to take certain Federal lands located in Tulare County...
article Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (6/22/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The first comprehensive trust reform bill to clear Congress in more than two decades has become law. President Barack Obama signed H.R.812, the...
article Tribes pressure President Obama to sign trust reform legislation (6/15/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama is facing pressure from Indian Country to sign a trust reform bill that his administration does not support. Tribes cheered...
article Susanville Rancheria land-into-trust bill sent to President Obama (6/10/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- A land-into-trust bill for the Susanville Indian Rancheria is heading to President Barack Obama his signature. H.R.2212 was approved by the Senate...
article Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades (6/10/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that encourages tribes to take greater control of their trust funds and trust assets has cleared both chambers of Congress.
article Gwich'in Tribal Council board approves self-government agreement-in-principle (5/1/2016)
(Canada) -- The Gwich'in Tribal Council's board of directors approved its self-government agreement-in-principle at a special meeting held Wednesday."We now...
article Witnesses testify in day one of Derek Bailey's sex crimes trial (4/5/2016)
(Michigan) -- The trial of former Tribal Chairman, Derek Bailey, began in Grand Traverse County Tuesday. Bailey is charged with three counts of first degree criminal...
article Indian Trust Asset Reform Act set to become law following house vote (3/4/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- With an apparently unanimous voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR-812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, Feb. 24, following...

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