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Cobell Deadline March 1 for Trust Administration Class Payments

The second Cobell settlement deadline is approaching on March 1. Indian class members must have submitted their applications for the second payments of the settlement, the trust administration class payments, by that date.

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10/27/2014

article DOI expects 30 percent response rate on Cobell buyback offers
(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...

10/24/2014

article Crow land buyback program reaches halfway mark
(Montana) -- The clock is ticking on the federal government’s offer to buy back Crow Indian reservation land and return the property to the tribe. The offers,...

10/13/2014

article Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
(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 UM dedicates new Elouise Cobell institute
(Montana) -- More than a 100 people helped dedicate the new Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana.
press release Lake Traverse Indian Reservation receives $63.5 million in fractionated land purchase offers
(South Dakota) -- Building off of sustained momentum from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy...

10/11/2014

article Land Buy-Back Program for Crow Land Owners
(Montana) -- The $3.4 Billion Cobell Settlement, approved by Congress in 2012 to compensate for mismanaged money held in a trust by the United States Government for...
article DOI makes $63.5M in land offers on Lake Traverse Reservation
(Michigan) -- The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations keeps on rolling -- this time with $63.5 million in offers to landowners on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

10/10/2014

article Elouise Cobell Institute Grand Opening at UM
(Montana) -- The Elouise Cobell Institute for Land and Culture held its grand opening today and the ceremony was a warm occasion. Elouise Cobell was a Blackfeet tribal...
article UM dedicates center focused on tribal lands to late Elouise Cobell
(Montana) -- A Blackfeet warrior medallion is designed into the floor of the entrance to the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute. On Friday at a dedication for the...
article UM dedicates new Elouise Cobell institute
(Montana) -- The University of Montana welcomed a new addition to the Payne Family Native American Center on Friday, with the dedication of the new Elouise Cobell Land...

10/7/2014

article Buy-back offers mailed to Crow Reservation landowners
(Montana) -- Purchase offers have been sent to almost 4,000 Native Americans with partial ownership of property on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.
article Landowners on Crow reservation get buyback offers
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has made offers worth a total of $298 million to nearly 4,000 landowners on the Crow Indian reservation to buy their fractionated...

10/6/2014

article Crow Nation Gets $298 Million in Cobell Settlement Offers
(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...

10/5/2014

press release Interior Transfers Another $1 Million from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
(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,...

10/1/2014

article DOI puts another $1M from lands sales into Cobell scholarships
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has transferred another $1 million into the Cobell scholarship fund. The $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement...

9/29/2014

article Local tribal members missing out on Cobell checks; 7,326 people from Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth on Whereabouts Unknown list
(Minnesota) -- Tribal members nationwide started receiving Cobell settlement checks in the past few weeks from what has been dubbed one of the largest lawsuits ever...

9/28/2014

article Cobell Land Buy Back offers roll out
(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
(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...

9/21/2014

article DOI offers $9.4M for Cobell buy-backs on Umatilla Reservation
(Oregon) -- The Interior Department has sent out more than $9.4 million in offers to landowners on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon. The offers were made to nearly 1,...

9/20/2014

article Native Americans getting final settlement payments
(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....

9/18/2014

article Montana tribal members begin receiving Cobell settlement checks
(Montana) -- Some members of Native American tribes in Montana and around the nation have been getting checks on the mail recently; nearly $1 billion is being...
article Native Americans Getting Final Settlement Payments
(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....

9/17/2014

article Crow post office busy as Cobell settlement checks arrive
(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
(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...

9/15/2014

article DANIELS: Are Second-Round Payments for Cobell Coming Soon?
(Minnesota) -- Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled. The recent court document filed as "Plaintiff...
article Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment
(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.

9/14/2014

article Checks in Cobell Settlement case to be mailed this week
(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...

9/12/2014

article Cobell Settlement Checks to be Distributed Next Week
(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
(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
(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.

9/11/2014

article Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment
(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
(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.

9/9/2014

article Government makes buyback offers to 2,100 Flathead Reservation landowners
(Montana) -- The offers are in the mail, and many are already in hand. Almost 2,100 landowners on the Flathead Indian Reservation have or will receive offers totaling $8...
article Offers Mailed Out To Flathead Indian Reservation Landowners
(Montana) -- A little later than planned, offers go out to about 2,100 landowners on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The money is part of the Land Buy Back program, a...

9/8/2014

article DOI expands Cobell buy-back program to four more reservations
(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...

9/4/2014

article Final payments from Cobell settlement closer to being distributed
(USA) -- The final checks from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are almost ready, according to the parties involved.

9/3/2014

article Cobell trust settlement highlighted, clarified by recent events
(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 Feds Send Purchase Offers to Native Land Owners in Southern AZ
(Arizona) -- The Department of the Interior recently sent more than 4,000 purchase offers to landowners in Southern Arizona as part of a Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal...

8/31/2014

article Buyback offers will roll out Sept. 5
(Montana) -- Last week a delegation of some of the nation’s highest ranking officials visited the Pablo headquarters of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes...
article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe spends $2.4M on property
(Montana) -- Over the past year, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council in conjunction with the Tribal Land Authority has ambitiously purchased significant real estate,...
article DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has extended another $100 million in offers under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
article Historic tribal land could be rejoined
(Montana) -- Federal and tribal officials strongly support the national Land Buy Back program but some Lake County landowners are concerned that this might be a...
article The secretary’s visit
(Montana) -- In late February, officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes peppered Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh with a host of questions ranging from...

8/29/2014

article Federal agency makes purchase offers to Northern Cheyenne landowners
(Montana) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that purchase offers have been sent to more than 4,000 individual landowners with fractional...
article Government makes buy-back offers on Indian lands
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has offered to buy land parcels in Arizona and Montana from 4,300 American Indians who have fractional ownership interests and give the...

8/28/2014

article Federal agency makes purchase offers to Northern Cheyenne landowners
(Montana) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that purchase offers have been sent to more than 4,000 individual landowners with fractional...

8/26/2014

article DANIELS: Second round of Cobell payments coming soon?
(Minnesota) -- Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled. The recent court document filed as “Plaintiff...

8/25/2014

article Interior Secretary Jewell Praises CSKT as ‘Pioneers’ of Land Buyback Program
(Montana) -- Sally Jewell’s visit to the Flathead Indian Reservation last week marked an historic occasion for two reasons. In addition to announcing the first...

8/24/2014

article Payments to tribal members coming soon
(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...

8/21/2014

article Interior Secretary discusses Land Buy Back Program in Pablo
(Montana) -- It has a stated noble purpose - to put Indian lands in trust for tribal communities, but the Land Buy Back Program has not had a great start. Interior...

8/20/2014

article Payments to tribal members coming soon
(Washington) -- A settlement administration firm in Montana is getting ready to distribute funds to individual tribal members under a settlement with the U.S. Department...

8/15/2014

article Former Tribal College President Appointed to Cobell Panel
(North Dakota) -- David M. Gipp has been appointed by the American Indian College Fund to serve as the Fund’s representative on the Cobell Board of Trustees.

8/8/2014

article Native Sun News: Cobell checks could be ready by end of month
(Washington D.C.) -- In a letter written to stake holders, Class Counsel for the Cobell settlement, David Smith and Bill Dorris, implied that if the Department of...

8/6/2014

article Due Date Approaching for Landowners with Fractional Interests at Rosebud Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Department of the Interior has sent purchase offers exceeding $50 million to more than 11,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Rosebud...

8/5/2014

press release Due Date Approaching for Landowners with Fractional Interests at Rosebud Indian Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Department of the Interior has sent purchase offers exceeding $50 million to more than 11,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Rosebud...

7/31/2014

article Native Sun News: Lawmakers seek distribution of Cobell checks
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Walsh (D-MT) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill last week that would streamline the Cobell Land Buy-Back program...

7/26/2014

article DANIELS: Cobell Land Buyback Just a Dangling Carrot
(USA) -- When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing she...

7/24/2014

article Native Sun News: Cobell beneficiaries still waiting on payment
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. John Tester seems to be experiencing the same feeling of frustration that many Native Americans across the country are feeling over the...

7/17/2014

article Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements
(Washington D.C.) -- In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's...

7/16/2014

article Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian beneficiaries probably won't be seeing the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement for a couple more months.

7/15/2014

article Garden City Group executive to testify at SCIA's Cobell hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- An executive from Garden City Group, the administrator of $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement, will testify at a Senate Indian Affairs...
article US Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Improving Trust System
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the Committee will hold an oversight hearing on trust reform efforts within the Department of the Interior and the...

7/14/2014

article Rep. Daines Talks Cobell and the Need for GOP to Connect With Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican Rep. Steve Daines is feeling confident that he can pull off a win against incumbent Democratic Sen. John Walsh in this fall’s...

7/10/2014

article Three More Tribes Sign Land Buy-Back Agreements Under Cobell
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe, Fort Belknap Indian Community, and the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have signed land buyback agreements...

7/9/2014

press release More Tribal Nations Sign Agreements with DOI to Reduce Land Fractionation
(Washington) -- In the latest step in the successful implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary of the Interior...

7/8/2014

article Interior transfers $2.9M for Cobell scholarships
(Washington) -- On July 1, the Department of the Interior announced that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, which was authorized...

7/6/2014

article Rep. Daines introduces bill for tribal control of Cobell buy-back
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Steve Daines (R-Montana) is introduced a bill to give tribes control of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

7/2/2014

article Black farmer lobbyist wants piece of Indian deal
(Montana) -- The president of the National Black Farmers Association says he's being stiffed by the attorneys behind a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native...

7/1/2014

article Black farmers' association wants piece of $3.4B Native American settlement
(Montana) -- The president of the National Black Farmers Association says he's owed $8 million for lobbying Congress to fund a $3.4 billion government settlement...
press release DOI transfers nearly $3 million to Cobell education scholarship fund
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior today announced that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund...

6/26/2014

article Rosebud Reservation Buy Back Program
(South Dakota) -- A federal Buy-Back program through the Cobell settlement is taking a step forward on the Rosebud Reservation. The settlement stems from a lawsuit...

6/21/2014

article Senator Walsh’s No Nonsense Approach to Resolving Cobell
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is tired of hearing excuses about why it has taken so long for money from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust settlement to make...

6/13/2014

article Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans to buy back lands with $4.1 million federal settlement
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is preparing to use a $4.1 million federal settlement to buy back lands on its North Idaho reservation.

6/9/2014

article Cobell attorneys schedule meetings with beneficiaries in Alaska
(Alaska) -- Attorneys for the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement will be meeting with beneficiaries in Alaska today. Thousands of tribal members in the state have...

6/6/2014

article Sen. Tester calls for speedy distribution of Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) urged the administrator of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement to distribute checks to Indian beneficiaries as soon as...

6/4/2014

article Congress Members Question Interior’s Control of Cobell Buyback Program
(Washington D.C.) -- Ten Republican members of Congress have sent U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a new letter saying that they want her...
article More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlements
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 70 tribes have reached trust fund settlements with the Obama administration, according to the latest list from the Internal Revenue...
article Tribal Members Seek Answers About $3.4 Billion Settlement
(Oklahoma) -- Native American land owners are fighting for their piece of a $3.4 billion settlement that Congress awarded them years ago. The bulk of the money has not...

6/3/2014

article Checks in Native American settlement delayed again
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 490,000 Indians are still waiting for settlement monies due them from the federal government. It's a disgrace. The payments are part...

6/1/2014

article Judge approves distribution of second Cobell settlement check
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of thousands of Indian beneficiaries will finally see a second payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement thanks to a...

5/30/2014

article Feds, Umatilla tribes reach agreement for land buyback
(Washington) -- The federal government and the Umatilla tribes have reached an agreement to use money from a class-action settlement to buy back trust lands with many...
article Cobell team to meet with beneficiaries in Oklahoma next week
(Oklahoma) -- Indian beneficiaries in Oklahoma will be able to meet with attorneys in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement next week.
press release Dept. of Interior Signs Agreements with Three Additional Tribal Nations to Reduce Fractionation in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today announced that the Department has signed three additional agreements to facilitate the...

5/29/2014

article GIAGO: Cobell Settlement a Massive Case of Incompetence
(South Dakota) -- The Cobell Settlement, as it has come to be known, started out as an effort by a great woman named Eloise Cobell, to right the wrongs inflicted upon...

5/28/2014

press release Statement from Crow Tribe in Support of S. 2387
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe applauds Sen. John Walsh and Rep. Peter DeFazio for introducing a bill that would expedite the remaining Cobell settlement payments to...

5/21/2014

press release Interior Extends Buy-Back Program Implementation for Landowners with Fractionated Interests at Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Noting that the Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the most highly-fractionated land ownership locations in Indian Country, the U.S. Department of the...

5/19/2014

article Frustration grows over $3.4B settlement delay
(Montana) -- Laura Juarez is supposed to receive close to $1,200 as her share of a $3.4 billion settlement among hundreds of thousands of Native Americans whose land-...
article Coeur d’Alene Tribe reservation among Indian lands up for consolidation
(Idaho) -- Twenty-one American Indian reservations will be the focus of the next phase of a $1.9 billion program to buy fractionated land parcels owned by multiple...

5/18/2014

article Native Americans: Frustration grows over $3.4B Cobell settlement delay
(Montana) -- Laura Juarez is supposed to receive close to $1,200 as her share of a $3.4 billion settlement among hundreds of thousands of Native Americans whose land-...
article Quapaw Tribe Hails DOI Progress in American Indian Land Buyback Program
(Oklahoma) -- Citing its 12-year struggle in settling a long running dispute with the Department of Interior over mismanagement of Indian trust land, the Quapaw Tribe...

5/17/2014

article Native Sun News: Cobell checks could be delayed to December
(South Dakota) -- The seemingly endless wait for the release of the second Cobell payments to tribal beneficiaries seems to be getting longer as the courts sort through...

5/16/2014

article Reservations targeted in consolidation program
(USA) -- These are the American Indian reservations the Department of Interior plans to focus on in the next phase of a $1.9 billion buyback program of fractionated land...
article 5 Washington tribes to benefit from federal land-buying program
(Washington) -- Five Washington Indian reservations are among 21 nationwide that will be the focus of the next phase of a $1.9 billion program to buy fractionated land...

5/15/2014

article Black farmer sues lawyers representing Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- John W. Boyd, Jr., founder of the National Black Farmers Association, filed a federal lawsuit seeking “reasonable compensation” for the...
article 5 Montana reservations next up in consolidation program
(Montana) -- Twenty-one American Indian reservations will be the focus of the next phase of a $1.9 billion program to buy fractionated land parcels owned by multiple...
article Flathead Reservation in next phase of $1.9B land buyback program
(Montana) -- The Flathead Reservation is among 21 Indian reservations that will be the focus of the next phase of a $1.9 billion program to buy fractionated land parcels...

5/12/2014

article Tribes Start Petition After Delays In Settlement Pay
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes across the state are fighting to receive payment for their lands, promised to them in a federal settlement worth billions. Many say they were...

5/10/2014

article The Cobell Settlement And Why It Is Taking So Long To Disburse Funds
(Oklahoma) -- Two weeks ago a mass email was sent from the legal team for the Elouise Cobell class action lawsuit against the United States government involving an...
article Tribes Start Petition After Delays In Settlement Pay
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes across the state are fighting to receive payment for their lands, promised to them in a federal settlement worth billions. Many say they were...
article Deadline Reminder: Individuals with Purchase Offers for Land at Makah Reservation
(Washington) -- The Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nation recently sent purchase offers totalling approximately $1.6 million to...

5/5/2014

article Tribe buying back land from residents
(South Dakota) -- Selling his small land interests on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation put cash in Ed McGaa's pocket and consolidated those holdings for the Oglala...

4/25/2014

article Lamberth in Cobell Part 3: The Sideshow and Its Message
(USA) -- To continue the Cobell story (earlier posts here and here), I want to turn to the case’s numerous and contentious collateral proceedings. Much has been...
article Lamberth in Cobell Part 4: Pulling the Judge
(USA) -- Now for the long-promised installment of this series on the Indian Trust case discussing the D.C. Circuit’s decision, upon the government’s urging...

4/21/2014

article DOI looks to spend $2.55M on Makah Nation land buy-back
(Washington) -- As part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, the Interior Department plans to spend $2.55 million on Makah Nation in Washington. So far DOI...
article Makah Tribe members sell parcels of reservation land
(Washington) -- The U.S. government is buying property from some members of the Makah Tribe, for the Makah Tribe.

4/19/2014

article Cobell settlement administrator responds to payment delay
(Washington D.C.) -- With anger mounting in Indian Country, the administrator of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is responding to concerns raised by...
article Letter from Cobell attorneys on second settlement payment
(Washington D.C.) -- A Letter from Class Counsel: Concerns have recently been expressed that the second payments under the Cobell settlement – the Trust...

4/17/2014

article DANIELS: Cobell Settlement: Who Are the Real Winners?
(Minnesota) -- While the Cobell Settlement, approved on November 24, 2012 by the U.S. Congress, allocated $3.4 billion to the plaintiffs in the landmark Indian case, the...

4/16/2014

article Tribes irked by slow start to U.S. land buyback program
(Washington D.C.) -- Is 10 years enough time to buy 10 million acres of land? Maybe not, at least for the U.S. government. Many of the nation’s tribal leaders say...

4/15/2014

article DOI extends $1.2M in offers to Makah Reservation landowners
(Washington) -- The offers were made under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Landowners have 45 days to accept or decline.
article BLOG: Lamberth in Cobell Part 2: Contextualizing Litigation Tactics
(USA) -- As a follow up to my first post on Judge Lamberth and the Cobell case and as a way of responding to questions that Glenn raised in the comments, I want to...

4/13/2014

article Enrolled Arapahoes to begin receiving settlement monies; Checks to be mailed on 21st
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Business Council today announced that settlement checks for enrolled members will be mailed on April 21st.

4/11/2014

article Northern Arapahoe Finally Get Settlement Checks
(Wyoming) -- There’s good news for the Northern Arapaho Nation in Wyoming. The check is in the mail. A case involving the sale and consolidation of Native American...

4/8/2014

article Sisseton-Wahpeton enters land buy-back program
(South Dakota) -- The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe has agreed to enter a land buy-back program administered by the U.S. Department of Interior.

4/6/2014

article Interior Announces First Transfer to Cobell Education Fund for Native Students
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 2 the Department of the Interior announced that quarterly transfers of nearly $580,000 are set to begin this week to the American Indian...

4/4/2014

article House subcommittee discusses Cobell Indian Trust Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Delays in implementing one part of the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement drew the attention of the Natural Resources Subcommittee in the U.S. House of...
article Nearly $580,000 from Land Buy-Back Program Transfers to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
(Washington D.C.) -- The first quarterly transfer of funds to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund begin this week. Nearly $580,000 will be transferred to the American...

4/3/2014

article Tribal leaders criticize land buyback program
(Montana) -- Tribal leaders from Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington state told a congressional panel Thursday that they feel shut out of decisions being made in a...

3/26/2014

article Judge Denies Cobell Class Representatives $8.2 Million
(Washington D.C.) -- Senior D.C. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan has denied $8.2 million in fees for class representatives involved in the Cobell class-action trust...

3/21/2014

article Huge Incentives Denied in Landmark Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The lead plaintiffs in the $3.4 billion Indian trust Fund settlement Cobell v. Salazar should not recoup $10 million in incentive rewards, a federal...

3/10/2014

article Interior secretary selects Cobell scholarship trustees
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Jan. 15 announced Dr. Jean O’Brien from the University of Minnesota and Pamela Agoyo from the University of...

2/27/2014

article Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) – Tribal Lands Department releases Cobell Land Buy Back Program information
(Montana) -- What is the land buy back program? A portion of the Cobell settlement includes funds for Tribes to purchase fractionated ownership interests from willing...

2/4/2014

article DANIELS: The BIA's Cobell Land Buy Back Plan Is a Mess
(USA) -- The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2011, provides for a copy.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S....

1/19/2014

article Second set of Cobell payments on its way
(Wyoming) -- The second set of payments from the Cobell Settlement is due to be distributed to members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes within a few...

1/16/2014

press release DOI Secretary announces board selections for Cobell scholarship funds
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Jewell Announces Board of Trustee Selections for Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
Taps Dr. Jean O’Brien, University of Minnesota,...

1/15/2014

article Law enforcement gearing up to protect tribal members when settlement checks arrive
(Wyoming) -- As eligible Native Americans in Fremont County await checks owed them as part of the Cobell settlement, law enforcement is preparing to institute extra...

1/14/2014

article Thousands of Cobell settlement recipients in Montana have yet to be located
(Montana) -- A little over four years ago, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to a $3.4 billion settlement in a landmark case alleging decades of government...

1/11/2014

article Federal Government Owes $32M in Royalties to 30,0000 Indians, Whereabouts Unknown
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government has been unable to locate some 30,000 Indian beneficiaries who are collectively owed about $32 million of the $3.4 billion...

1/10/2014

article Government Owes 30,000 Indians Royalties for Land but Can’t Find Them
(Colorado) -- Ervin Chavez remembers hearing talk around the Navajo reservation when he was young of money owed to American Indian families by the federal government for...

12/18/2013

press release Interior Announces First Purchase Offers to Facilitate Cobell Land Consolidation Efforts
(Washington D.C.) -- In a major step toward fully implementing the historic Cobell settlement, the Department of the Interior announced today that it has sent initial...

12/17/2013

article Billy Frank: Keith Harper nomination historic for Indian Country
(Washington) -- The following is an open letter from Billy Frank, Jr. regarding the nomination of Keith Harper to be the United States Representative to the United...
article Senators Have Doubts After Harper Answers Queries on Cobell Dealings
(Washington D.C.) -- Some senators are having problems with answers provided by lawyer Keith Harper, a Cherokee Nation citizen, about his work on the Cobell settlement...

12/14/2013

article Oglala Sioux First Tribe to Reach Agreement of Fractionated Lands
(South Dakota) -- On December 9, the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation became the first tribe to reach a land-buy back agreement under the Cobell...

12/13/2013

article Cobell funds delay cuts deep
(Oklahoma) -- It was bound to come down to this, is the way I look at things. The recently announced delay of monies from the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement felt as...

12/12/2013

article DANIELS: BIA Gets an 'F' for Handling of Cobell Settlement
(Oklahoma) -- This is report card on the manner in which the Bureau of Indian Affairs have managed the Cobell settlement since it was approved in November 2011.
article Audio from SCIA hearing for Cobell land consolidation program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this afternoon to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

12/9/2013

article COBELL SETTLEMENT: See the names of Navajos who cannot be located
(Arizona) -- According to a document 6,000 Navajos have not been located or are still unknown and have not been paid in the well-known Cobell Settlement.

12/3/2013

article Checks for Cobell Settlement expected in early 2014
(New Mexico) -- The second round of payments for the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement will be mailed early next year. An announcement was posted Monday on the website...

12/2/2013

article Second Cobell payment won't be mailed out before Christmas
(Washington D.C.) -- The second payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement won't be going out before Christmas as anticipated. A notice on...

11/7/2013

article Foundation: Allottees will get fair market value under Cobell
(Washington D.C.) -- Owners of fractionated American Indian allotted land can rest assured that they will get fair market value should they choose to sell their claims...
article Native Sun News: Second Cobell check expected by Christmas
(South Dakota) -- The second round of Cobell settlement checks are expected to be distributed by the end of the year according to the informational website www....

9/25/2013

article McCain Opposes Harper Nomination to UN Council, Citing Indian Concerns
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) hammered lawyer Keith Harper’s human rights record involving American Indians at a September 24 hearing of the U....

9/6/2013

article Native Sun News: Sorting out Cobell and Salazar settlements
(South Dakota) -- The recent rash of unprecedented payouts from different lawsuit settlements in Indian country has brought about more confusion than the economic relief...

9/1/2013

article Cobell Land Buy-Back Plan Should Work—But...
(USA) -- The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2012, provides for a copy.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The settlement charges the U.S....

8/14/2013

article DANIELS: Cobell Land Buy-Back Could Become a Land Give-Back
(USA) -- The Cobell Settlement, approved on November 24, 2012, provides for a copy.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S....

8/5/2013

article Native American Tribes To Get 10 Million Acres From US Government
(USA) -- Native American tribes in the United States will soon be given 10 million acres following a land buy-back program. The US government is currently preparing to...

8/4/2013

article Tribe pursues pilot project
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is hoping to get in on a federal pilot project that is being designed to help tribes across the nation repurchase reservation...
article US gears up for huge, difficult land buyback for Indian tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10...

7/31/2013

article Lannan seeks return of $4.5M in Indian trust suit
(New Mexico) -- A prominent New Mexico nonprofit has filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit against Washington, D.C., lawyers who got a big payout from the federal...

7/30/2013

article $1.9 Billion Dispute: Tribal Leaders Fuming Over Cobell Land Buy-Back Program
(Montana) -- The program manager for the Department Of Interior Land Buy-Back Program (LBBP) for Tribal Nations, John McClanahan, felt the heat as the frustration of...
article Lannan seeks return of $4.5M in Indian trust suit
(New Mexico) -- A prominent New Mexico nonprofit has filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit against Washington, D.C., lawyers who got a big payout from the federal...

7/28/2013

article Amendment makes it easier to process Cobell claims
(New Mexico) -- Navajo allottees in New Mexico can now submit their Bureau of Indian Affairs probate document or state-issued small estate affidavit as a way to receive...
press release Special Master Authorizes Additional Procedures For Payment Of Cobell v. Salazar Settlement Funds To Class Members' Heirs
(Washington) -- The following statement is being issued by The Garden City Group, Inc. (GCG) regarding the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement. Changes have been approved in...

7/25/2013

article Amendment makes it easier to process Cobell claims
(New Mexico) -- Navajo allottees in New Mexico can now submit their Bureau of Indian Affairs probate document or state-issued small estate affidavit as a way to receive...

7/19/2013

article Quarrel Over Fees in $3 Billion Cobell Case
(Washington D.C.) -- A family-owned foundation sued the lead counsel in the $3.4 billion Cobell v Salazar Indian Trust Fund litigation, claiming Dennis Gingold and...

7/17/2013

article Fee Fight Emerges in Landmark Indian Trust Case
(Washington D.C.) -- A nonprofit that said it gave millions of dollars in grants to support the massive Indian trust litigation in Washington federal court is suing for...

7/11/2013

article Indian Legal Services offers Cobell case help
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Indian Legal Services will provide "Cobell" affidavit assistance clinics in the coming weeks. There has been a great deal of confusion...

7/9/2013

article Indian Legal Services offers Cobell case help
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Indian Legal Services will provide "Cobell" affidavit assistance clinics in the coming weeks.

6/19/2013

article Interior announces details of $1.9 billion Indian lands buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department announced details Tuesday of the 10-year, $1.9 billion buy-back of “fractionated” lands from Native American...
article Tribal land buy-back program starting
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department says it is ready to start a program to help Native American tribes buy parcels of reservation land that have accumulated...

6/18/2013

article DOI gives update on land consolidation program under Cobell
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department will start implementing the land consolidation portion of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement by the end of this...
article Native Americans Receive Checks From Massive Class Action Settlement
(USA) -- Native Americans in the Southwest have received more than $96 million as a result of the nation's largest class action lawsuit against the federal...

5/25/2013

article Second payout from Cobell settlement expected in the fall
(Washington D.C.) -- The second payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is expected this fall, Indian beneficiaries were told today.

5/6/2013

article Cherokees may wait 10 years for Cobell land buys
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizens who signed up for the Land Buy-Back Program under the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement may be waiting up to 10 years before selling...

4/30/2013

article Law firm sees jump in revenue thanks to Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Kilpatrick Townsend saw a 12.3 percent increase in revenue thanks to its role in the the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

4/24/2013

article BIA aims to start Cobell land consolidation purchases this year
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to start the land consolidation portion of the $3.4 billion, Cobell trust fund settlement by the end of the year...

4/19/2013

article Kevin Washburn to host conference call on Cobell scholarships
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is holding a conference call on Monday to discuss the scholarship fund...

4/17/2013

article Elouise Cobell’s legacy: self-empowerment
(Washington D.C.) -- Keith Harper is one of the lead attorneys on the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit brought by Blackfeet leader Elouise Cobell, which led to a 3.4...

4/5/2013

article New problems emerge on Wind River Reservation after Cobell settlement
(Wyoming) -- Mary Alice Addison is raising her five grandchildren. Her daughter died too young. Money is tight. Addison and her grandchildren were each owed a $1,000...

4/2/2013

article AICF to administer Cobell Settlement scholarships
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on March 12 that the American Indian College Fund would administer a student scholarship fund...

3/21/2013

article Cobell Lawyers' Fees Dispute Sent to Mediation
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge has referred a dispute over millions of dollars of attorneys’ fees related to the $3.4 billion settlement of the Cobell class-...
article Cobell Scholarship money on its way
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced last week that American Indian College fund in partnership with the American Indian Graduate Center...

3/13/2013

article AIGC to administer $12M in Cobell Settlement money
(Colorado) -- The American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque has been chosen to administer $12 million in education money from the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement...

3/12/2013

article Colorado fund to administer Indian scholarships
(Colorado) -- Federal officials say the American Indian College Fund will administer a scholarship program that is part of a $3.4 billion government settlement with...

3/10/2013

article UM's Native American Center to honor Cobell
(Montana) -- Elouise Cobell had a way of sorting through complex Native American land ownership tangles and combing out what's right. It's part of the legacy the...

3/6/2013

article Native land, culture institute at UM to honor Elouise Cobell
(Montana) -- Elouise Cobell had a way of sorting through complex Native American land ownership tangles and combing out what’s right.
article New UM center named for Native American leader Elouise Cobell
(Montana) -- The history of Native American rights leader Elouise Cobell is being given a special place in Missoula, with the naming of a new institute on the University...

3/3/2013

article BLOG: Are you demanding a $348.26 check?
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and several other tribes, recently received money from a tribal trust accounting and management lawsuit.

3/1/2013

article Confusion may slow settlement payments to Minnesota tribal members
(Minnesota) -- Today is the deadline for American Indians and their descendants to take part in a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government over the...
article Application deadline today for Cobell settlement
(Montana) -- Today is the deadline for American Indians to apply for their share of the second installment of the Cobell settlement with the federal government, a $3.4...

2/28/2013

article Time Is Running Out to Contact the Feds
(North Dakota) -- Right now, the feds are required to respond to any written comments submitted to them on the copy.9 billion Cobell settlement plan to buy your...

2/27/2013

article Cobell Deadline March 1 for Trust Administration Class Payments
(Washington D.C.) -- The second Cobell settlement deadline is approaching on March 1. Indian class members must have submitted their applications for the second payments...

2/25/2013

article Millions paid, millions still at stake as deadline looms for tribal class-action settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- About $42.8 million has been paid out to Native Americans in Arizona since December, and another $109 million could be distributed starting next...

2/22/2013

article Millions at stake as deadline looms for tribal class-action settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- About $42.8 million has been paid out to Native Americans in Arizona since December, and another $109 million could be distributed starting next...

1/31/2013

article BAKER: The Cobell Settlement and Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- As you may know, the federal government is in the process of finalizing the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement. This lawsuit revolves around years of...

1/26/2013

article Cobell settlement brings about $4 million locally so far
(Wyoming) -- In December, the U.S. District Court approved the distribution of $1.5 billion in Indian Trust Settlement funds into Individual Indian Money accounts,...

1/20/2013

article More Alaskans to receive share of Cobell settlement
(Alaska) -- Far more Alaskans will receive a share of a $3.4 billion federal Indian lands settlement than previously estimated, according to administrators handling...
article Some Montanans still waiting for Indian trust checks
(Montana) -- The multi-billion dollar settlement that Elouise Cobell worked toward for more than a decade was finalized several months ago, two years after it was...

1/16/2013

article Thousands continue to wait for Cobell settlement check a month after distribution
(Montana) -- The post office in Crow Agency has foot traffic day in and day out, as tribal members search their P.O. boxes in hopes to find an important piece of mail.

1/9/2013

article Tribal members to receive more than $67 million
(North Dakota) -- When all the payments from the Indian trust settlement are completed, members of tribes in North Dakota and members of other tribes who live in the...

1/2/2013

article OP/ED: Tribal record doesn’t earn confidence
(Washington) -- Houseboats at Keller Ferry and abandoned mills near Omak serve as grim reminders of Colville tribal council’s record of inept spending and...
article Re: “Many tribal members approve of keeping settlement money for programs” (Letters from our Readers, Dec. 26,
(Washington) -- I would like to ask both Ms. Joseph and our council who they think these people are? If there are sufficient numbers to counter the petition with over 2,...

12/30/2012

article Scams target tribal members
(Michigan) -- Scams have arisen due to the recent authorization of Cobell v. Salazar Settlement payments. This class action lawsuit claimed the federal government...

12/28/2012

article EDITORIAL: Let tribes manage own lands
(South Dakota) -- Just in time for Christmas -- and Christmas bills -- Native Americans began receiving payments of up to $1,000 as part of the landmark Cobell...

12/27/2012

article HOOPA: Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
(California) -- More controversy out of the Hoopa Valley, as tribal members have petitioned to vote on whether millions of dollars of federal settlement money will be...

12/26/2012

article Interior launches Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations to manage $1.9 billion trust land consolidation fund
(Arizona) -- The Department of the Interior announced Dec. 18 the initial framework of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations that will purchase fractional...

12/25/2012

article ABOUREZK: Natives starting to receive federal payments
(South Dakota) -- Steve Laravie doesn’t know where his land is, but he knows he owns some. Last week, he received a $1,000 check from the federal government as a...

12/24/2012

article Newest part of Cobell settlement could pump $430 million into South Dakota tribes
(South Dakota) -- Just as payments to Natives from the landmark Cobell settlement are being mailed out, another part of that landmark settlement could pump more than $...

12/23/2012

article Newest part of Cobell settlement could pump $430 million into South Dakota tribes
(South Dakota) -- Just as payments to Native Americans from the landmark Cobell settlement are being mailed out, another part of that landmark settlement could pump more...

12/21/2012

article Cobell Payments Being Sent to Wrong Addresses; Special Master Appointed
(Washington D.C.) -- Reports are surfacing of problems being experienced by some Cobell class members who say that the federal government does not have the correct...

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