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Deadline for second round of payments from Cobell settlement

The first payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are making the rounds in Indian Country as a second deadline approaches for Indian beneficiaries.

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6/22/2017

article Court sets final deadline for remaining payments from Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The overwhelming majority of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has been distributed but some Indian beneficiaries still haven't been...

5/31/2017

article Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
(Washington) -- Landowners on the Colville Reservation were among the many who benefited from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. But tribal leaders are...

5/25/2017

article Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down
(Washington) -- Landowners on the Yakama Nation have until June 19 to respond to offers made through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. In April, the...

5/22/2017

article Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers
(Nebraska) -- Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska are the latest to see offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The Department of the Interior...

4/11/2017

article Final Cobell Education Scholarship Fund Transfer Made; Totals $60 Million
(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,...

3/30/2017

article Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Of the $1.9 billion allocated for the...

3/23/2017

article Tribe Member’s Cobell Underpayment Claim Moves Forward
(New York) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Monday it will allow a member of the Sioux Indian Tribe of South Dakota to proceed with his claim that he didn’...

2/14/2017

article Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts
(Oklahoma) -- With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty. An ongoing problem amongst tribal landowners is...

2/10/2017

article American Indian Activist Led A Landmark Suit Against The Federal Government
(Colorado) -- In 1996, Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell launched the largest class-action lawsuit ever filed against the federal government. She fought on behalf of...

2/2/2017

article Cobell Buyback Update
(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...

1/13/2017

article DOI transfers nearly $8M to Cobell scholarship fund
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior announced on Jan. 11 that an additional $7.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund,...

1/10/2017

article Land Buy-Back Program Means a Stronger Navajo Nation and Paved Roads
(Arizona) -- For as long as they can remember, residents of the Navajo Nation’s Casamero Lake Chapter have wanted paved roads. But federal policy enacted 130 years...

1/5/2017

press release Land buy-back program sales exceed $1 Billion
(Washington D.C.) -- As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s nationwide tour to highlight the progress that has been made during the last eight years to...

12/28/2016

article New loan program helps consolidate multi-owner reservation land
(South Dakota) -- On South Dakota’s Crow Creek Indian Reservation, one 40-acre piece of land has more than 1,600 owners. Rick Clifford, realty officer for the...

12/27/2016

article Feds’ land buyback program pays $175 mil to Arizona tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land...

12/26/2016

article New loan program helps consolidate multi-owner reservation land
(South Dakota) -- On South Dakota's Crow Creek Indian Reservation, one 40-acre piece of land has more than 1,600 owners. Rick Clifford, realty officer for the Bureau...

12/25/2016

article US To Buy Back Indian Land From Fractional Owners, Interior Dept. Announces
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that the Department has signed agreements with three additional Tribes...

12/22/2016

article US To Buy Back Indian Land From Fractional Owners, Interior Dept. Announces
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that the Department has signed agreements with three additional Tribes...

12/21/2016

article A Cobell Land Buy-Back Check-Up
(Washington D.C.) -- Four years after the $1.9 billion Indian land buy-back program that comprised part of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, federal legislators are...

12/19/2016

article Colville Tribal Land Could Be Consolidated Through Federal Buy-Back Program
(Washington) -- The Colville Indian Reservation in Northeastern Washington could soon get $25 million worth of land returned to it as part of a federal land-buy-back...

12/18/2016

article Interior Agreements with Tribes to Implement Land Buy-Back Program Now Total 40
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed agreements with three additional tribes – the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma, the...
article US To Buy Back Indian Land From Fractional Owners, Interior Dept. Announces
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that the Department has signed agreements with three additional Tribes...

12/15/2016

article Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program
(Washington D.C.) -- Three more tribes have signed cooperative agreements for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The interior Department announced the...

12/13/2016

article Buyback program offers $25 million to private landowners on Colville Reservation
(Washington) -- Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have received offers of $25 million to sell their ownership in private lands on the...
article Landowners with Fractional Interests at Colville Indian Reservation Receive More Than $25 Million in Land Buy-Back Program Offers
(Washington) -- —Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced that more than 4,600 landowners with fractional interests at the Colville Indian...

12/11/2016

article USDA expands farm loans for Native Americans farming and ranching on tribal land
(New York) -- Department Awards First Loan Under Highly Fractionated Indian Land Program. Agriculture Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse today announced that the U.S....

12/5/2016

article Federal Government Offers $270 Million for Fractionated Blackfeet Land
(Montana) -- The federal government has sent offers to nearly 7,000 landowners on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation valued at more than $270 million as part of the Land...

11/28/2016

article Department of Interior extends buy back fractional land
(Montana) -- The Department of the Interior says it’s extended more than $270 million worth of offers to buy back fractional land interests on the Blackfeet Indian...

11/25/2016

article Las Vegas man collects Medal of Freedom for late mother, Elouise Cobell
(Las Vegas) -- On a White House stage crowded with some of the world’s most famous people, President Barack Obama handed out medals Tuesday to the likes of Michael...

11/22/2016

article Elouise Cobell awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation, was presented to 21 people in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday...
article Presidental Medal Of Freedom Should Come With Freedom For American Indians
(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...

11/17/2016

article Elouise Cobell to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- Blackfeet tribal community leader Elouise Cobell was announced today as one of 21 recipients who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the...

11/16/2016

article Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell to receive Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- A Blackfeet woman who led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds will be awarded the...
article Blackfeet Tribal leader, advocate Elouise Cobell to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that Elouise Cobell will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cobell, who died in 2011 at age...

11/14/2016

article Cobell Land Buy-Back Fund Four Million Acres and Billions of Dollars Short
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal land acquisition program to benefit tribes will leave unrecovered 4 million acres of fractionated land, reservation land divided up and...

11/10/2016

article Landowners on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation see $40M in Cobell buy-back offers
(South Dakota) -- Landowners from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota are seeing nearly $40 million in offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal...

11/7/2016

article Federal land buyback program paid $175 million to Arizona tribes so far
(Arizona) -- Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land that...

11/1/2016

article Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance. Under the direction of the Obama...

10/16/2016

article A New Documentary Shines a Light on a Century of Native American’s Being Exploited
(USA) -- Countless Americans dropped their jaws earlier this week when it was announced that esteemed journalist Amy Goodman, longtime host of “Democracy Now!,...

10/2/2016

article Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
(South Dakota) -- The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1...
article Land Consolidation Efforts Underway
(South Dakota) -- Offers for landowners of fractional interests on the Lower Brule Reservation are due by November 14. Offers for landowners with fractional interest in...
article Umatilla tribes reach $20M settlement with feds
(Oregon) -- An American Indian tribe in Oregon will receive $20 million as part of a $429 million settlement between the U.S. government and 17 tribes.The East Oregonian...

9/7/2016

article Fond du Lac land buy-back program nears end
(Minnesota) -- Hundreds of Fond du Lac tribal members who own portions of land inside the reservation have only a few weeks left to participate in a federal buy-back...

8/19/2016

article Ponca Tribe landowners see $7M in offers through Cobell program
(Oklahoma) -- The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has come to another Oklahoma tribe. More than 1,500 landowners from the Ponca Tribe have received $7 million...

7/20/2016

press release Cobell Education Scholarship Fund reaches nearly $40 million
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that this quarter’s transfer of nearly $500,000 to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (...

7/13/2016

article Deadline nears for Navajos in national land buyback program
(Arizona) -- Deadlines are nearing for thousands of Navajos considering offers to sell off land interests as part of a nationwide program. The U.S. Department of the...

7/12/2016

article Buyback program could ease complexity of Indian land ownership
(Washington) -- Ralph Sampson Jr. receives 89 cents a year from a farming lease on his family’s 80 acres of land northwest of Harrah on the Yakama reservation....

6/9/2016

article Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program
(New Mexico) -- Landowners on the Navajo Nation have been offered $56.7 million so far for their fractional interests on the reservation. The offers were issued as part...

5/27/2016

press release Three Additional Tribes Sign Agreements with Interior Department to Implement Land Buy-Back Program
(Washington D.C.) -- As momentum continues with the success of Interior Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary...

5/26/2016

article Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska signs buyback program agreement
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is moving forward with a federal program designed to return land to American Indian tribes. The U.S. Department of the...

5/25/2016

article Three Additional Tribes Sign Agreements with Interior Department to Implement Land Buy-Back Program
(Washington D.C.) -- As momentum continues with the success of Interior Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), Deputy Secretary...
article Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- Three more tribes have joined the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in...

5/23/2016

article Cobell Buy-Back Extended And Expanded To County Tribes
(California) -- The US Department of the Interior announced that it will expand and extend implementation of the land buy-back program mandated by the Cobell v Salazar...

5/22/2016

article As Tribal Land Buy-Back Program Expands, CSKT Touts Success
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council is slated to discuss next week what to do with land acquired through the U.S. Department of the Interior...

5/20/2016

article Ho-Chunk lands qualify for federal 'buy-back' program
(Wisconsin) -- An estimated 3,000-plus acres of Ho-Chunk Nation land owned by more than 1,600 individuals were recently added to a list of nationwide American Indian-...

5/19/2016

article Osage Nation to Contact Land Owners
(Oklahoma) -- The Osage Nation is looking for tribal members who own fractions of tribal land. According to an announcement, Individual Osage Indians who are owners of...

5/17/2016

article Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts
(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
(Montana) -- U.S. officials on Tuesday added 63 American Indian reservations — including the Hopi Tribe — to an initiative that seeks to return millions of...

5/11/2016

article Secretary Jewell and Sen. Tester announce beginning of Land Buy-Back Program for Tribes
(Montana) -- It was a perfect day for officials of the Blackfeet Nation to welcome Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday, May 3. She began her visit privately...

5/6/2016

article Interior Secretary Visits Browning to ‘Cement Gains’ in Indian Country
(Montana) -- With just eight months left in office, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last week to “cement the gains...

5/5/2016

article Interior Secretary: Land Buy-Back Program Coming To Blackfeet Reservation
(Montana) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Montana this week. She promised to change the future of the federal government’s relationship with...

5/4/2016

article Elouise Cobell nominated for Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- Elouise Cobell, the Blackfeet social activist who led a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans across the...

5/3/2016

article Jewell announces $107M for Blackfeet land buy-back
(Montana) -- Twenty years after Blackfeet social activist Elouise Cobell filed a historic lawsuit demanding the federal government account for generations of...

4/28/2016

article Cobell Settlement Allows $8.2M Cost Claim, Class Reps Say [sub req]
(New York) -- Class representatives in the landmark $3.4 billion Cobell settlement over the federal government’s mismanagement of Native American trust funds...

4/12/2016

press release Interior Department Transfers Nearly $5 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $4.8 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (...

3/24/2016

article Senator Jon Tester recommends Eloise Cobell for honor
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Jon Tester wrote a letter to President Obama on Friday, March 18, to recommend that the late Elouise Cobell receive the Presidential Medal...
article Tester Recommends Cobell for Nation’s Highest Honor
(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...

3/21/2016

article Tester Recommends Elouise Cobell For Nation’s Highest Honor
(Washington D.C.) -- To acknowledge her significant contributions to Indian Country, Senator Jon Tester is recommending Elouise Cobell for the Presidential Medal of...

1/25/2016

article Foundation Asks To Protect Grant Repayment In Cobell Suit
(Washington D.C.) -- The Lannan Foundation asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge Friday to let it intervene in a $3.4 billion settlement over government management of...

1/12/2016

article Interior Department adds $4M to Cobell Scholarship program
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department last week announced that it added $4 million to a scholarship program for American Indian and Alaska Native students....

1/6/2016

press release Interior Department Transfers Additional $4 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
(Washington D.C.) -- With its newest contribution, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it has transferred $4 million to the Cobell Education...

12/16/2015

article DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department signed two more cooperative agreements for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The Round Valley Indian Tribes of...

11/18/2015

article Land buy-back program helps Native Americans buy reservations accumulated by many owners
(Washington) -- The Feds are buying land from nearly 900 Lummi Nation landowners. It’s part of an effort to consolidate tribal land. The voluntary land buy-back...

11/5/2015

article Bullock proclaims Nov. 5 Elouise Cobell Day
(Montana) -- The lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the federal government demanding back payment and better accounting on Individual Indian Money Accounts...

10/1/2015

article Interior Transfers Additional $10 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior today announced that an additional $10 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (the...

9/21/2015

article Quinault tribe given $19 million for land buy-back program
(Washington) -- The Quinault Indian Nation will receive $19 million from the federal government that will allow it to buy back communal land taken from the tribe. The U....

9/19/2015

article Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell
(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...

9/10/2015

article Native Sun News: Lower Brule landowners will see Cobell offers
(South Dakota) -- According to Katherin Grounds, Senior Advisor on Tribal Relations for the Land Buy-Back Program, landowners with fractionated interests at Lower Brule...

8/28/2015

article Native Sun News: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe misses Cobell deadline
(South Dakota) -- Acting Chairman Kevin Wright announced that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe has missed the deadline for administering their Cobell Land Buy Back program....

6/17/2015

article Land buyback program puts over 4,000 acres into tribal ownership
(Montana) -- Over $5 million has been spent on the Flathead Indian Reservation to purchase private land that will be placed back into tribal ownership. The land sales of...

6/8/2015

article Landowners on reservations get offers
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million combined to buy fractionated parcels of land on two Montana American Indian reservations...

5/7/2015

article Feds send land buy-back offers to 6,500 at SD reservation
(South Dakota) -- The federal government says it has sent offers to more than 6,500 landowners who own parcels on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation as part its...

4/27/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Cobell scholarship fund being put to use
(South Dakota) -- With much of the Cobell monies already spent by both tribal governments and individual citizens, one portion of the settlement is now ready to be doled...

4/8/2015

article Almost $200 Million in Purchase Offers Mailed to Landowners with Fractional Interests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of the largest offerings to date, the Department of the Interior today announced that its Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back...

4/6/2015

article Standing Rock Sioux Reservation sees $195M in buyback offers
(South Dakota) -- The Interior Department has sent out $195 million in offers to landowners on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota.

4/3/2015

article Cobell scholarship fund grows
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Thursday that the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund has grown to $17 million with the transfer of an...

3/25/2015

article Indian Affairs Hosts Land Buy-Back Program 2015 Listening Session at Gila River
(Arizona) -- More than 150 tribal leaders and individual landowners joined Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Assistant Secretary-Indian...

3/24/2015

article Federal government begins second round of land buyback program on Rosebud Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The federal Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that it's sending out another round of offers to more than 11,000 people who own land on...

2/5/2015

article Charmaine White Face: Cobell settlement turned into deception
(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...

1/14/2015

article DOI expands land buy-back program to two more tribes
(Washington) -- The Interior Department signed agreements with two tribal nations in Washington State to help those tribes buy back land, the department says in a Jan....
article DOI signs land agreements in Washington state
(Washington) -- Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today announced that the Department has signed two additional agreements with tribal nations in...

1/13/2015

press release Interior Signs Cooperative Agreements with Two Tribal Nations in Washington State to Reduce Land Ownership Fractionation in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today announced that the Department has signed two additional agreements with tribal nations in...

1/6/2015

article DOI puts nearly $1M from land sales into Cobell scholarship fund
(Washington) -- The Interior Department has transferred nearly $1 million into the Cobell scholarship fund. The $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement established a $...

1/4/2015

article Interior Wraps Year with Total Transfer of $5 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund as a Result of Land Buy-Back Program
(Washington D.C.) -- With a transfer of nearly $1 million, the Department of the Interior today announced that total contributions to the Cobell Education Scholarship...

12/30/2014

press release DOI ends year with total $5 Million transfer to Cobell scholarship fund
(Washington D.C.) -- With a transfer of nearly $1 million, the Department of the Interior today announced that total contributions to the Cobell Education Scholarship...

11/24/2014

press release Deputy Secretary Outlines Next Tribal Locations for $1.9 Billion Land Buy-Back Program
(Washington D.C.) -- Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor last week announced that the Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back...

11/23/2014

article DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department released a status report on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations today and announced plans to expand efforts to more...

11/21/2014

article Northern Wisconsin tribe joins land buyback program
(Wisconsin) -- An American Indian band in northern Wisconsin is joining a government effort to return lands on reservations to tribal ownership.

11/20/2014

article 21 Indian reservations joining buyback program
(Montana) -- The federal government is doubling the number of American Indian communities involved in a $1.9 billion tribal lands consolidation program. Deputy Secretary...
article 3 South Dakota Indian communities joining buyback program
(South Dakota) -- Three South Dakota communities are part of an expanded effort to consolidate tribal lands owned by multiple individuals. The Interior secretary says 21...

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...

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