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J.D. Colbert: Cobell attorney fee request a sign of greed, betrayal

To the Mount Rushmore of Greed and Betrayal -- including among others, Benedict Arnold, Judas, Bernie Madoff and Jack Abramoff -- must now be added the visage of Elouise Pepion Cobell.

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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...
article Judge appoints special master to help with Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- A special master has been appointed to aid with the distribution of funds from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. Among other tasks,...
article Cobell checks just in time for LNI, Christmas cash
(South Dakota) -- A line of customers stretched out the door at the Kyle credit union on Thursday as Native Americans who were part of a federal land settlement waited...
article Feds Launch Land Buy-Back For Tribes
(Arizona) -- The federal government announced today how the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations will work. It will purchase fractional interests in Indian trust...
article Tribal members protest
(Washington) -- Members of the Colville Tribes gather in protest outside the tribal government headquarters Wednesday, objecting to leaders’ decision to stick to...
article OP/ED: Many tribal members approve of keeping settlement money for programs
(Washington) -- I am writing to counter Yvonne Swan’s statements in The Star newspaper and advise that many, many Colville Confederated Tribal Members were quite...

12/20/2012

article Deadline for second round of payments from Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- 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...
article Cobell Settlement money on the way; NCAI launches radio ad campaign to “Protect Native Money”
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday the Indian Trust Settlement Administrator began issuing checks for the Cobell settlement to an estimated 400,000 American Indians who are...
article Editorial: Tribal land buyback
(Arizona) -- Last month a lawsuit over federal mismanagement of Indians’ land was finalized. The 17-year class-action suit, filed by Elouise Cobell of Browning,...

12/19/2012

article Cobell Land Consolidation Plan to Cost $285 Million for Interior Department to Run
(Washington D.C.) -- Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior have confirmed that it will cost $285 million for the agency to administer the Cobell settlement...
article Feds begin process to clear titles on Indian-owned lands
(Minnesota) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to spend $1.9 billion to clean up decades of mismanagement of Indian land, an effort that likely will allow...
article Rush to cash checks collapses floor of reservation bank
(South Dakota) -- The floor of the Wells Fargo bank in Lower Brule dropped 2 feet Tuesday morning as tribal members rushed to cash trust settlement checks. No one was...
article Settlement Checks Arrive in Hoopa Mailboxes
(California) -- You could almost feel the excitement in the air on Monday, Dec. 17, as people crowded into the post office and the bank in downtown Hoopa to receive and...

12/18/2012

article Gov't rolls out $1.9B Indian land buyback program
(Montana) -- U.S. government officials said Tuesday they are launching a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program now that a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more...
article Minnesota Chippewa tribes get millions to solidify land ownership
(Minnesota) -- The U.S government on Tuesday unveiled its largest-ever program to help American Indian tribes identify and buy back land broken up from reservations 125...

12/15/2012

article Delvin Cree: Cobell brings millions to Turtle Mountain members
(North Dakota) -- Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff of the Cobell v Salazar class action lawsuit would be a happy woman today, knowing beneficiaries in the case will...

12/13/2012

article Native Sun News: Group eyes cut of Standing Rock settlement
(South Dakota) -- Certain members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South and North Dakota are upset over the tribal government’s decision on how and who will...

12/12/2012

article Payments authorized for $3.4B Indian lawsuit
(Montana) -- A judge has authorized the start of payments to American Indians in a $3.4 billion settlement involving the federal government's mishandling of land...

12/11/2012

article OP/ED: Who Were the Biggest Winners of the Cobell Settlement (Besides the Lawyers)?
(USA) -- Now that we have the obstacles cleared for the federal government to start making payouts under the Cobell settlement, we can expect tribal governments to begin...
article American Indians To Receive First Round Of Payouts In $3.4 Billion Settlement
(Washington) -- The first payouts from a historic class action suit against the federal government will be sent to American Indians within the week. The settlement will...

12/10/2012

article Feds will pay Indians for mismanaging accounts
(North Dakota) -- In the dim bleakness of the dilapidated shelter he shares with two grown sons and several small “ankle-biter” dogs on the Turtle Mountain...
article OP/ED: Who Were the Biggest Winners of the Cobell Settlement (Besides the Lawyers)?
(USA) -- Now that we have the obstacles cleared for the federal government to start making payouts under the Cobell settlement, we can expect tribal governments to begin...

12/9/2012

article Dennis Gingold Leaves Cobell Case
(Washington D.C.) -- Dennis Gingold, the lead lawyer for the long-running Cobell Indian trust litigation against the U.S. Department of the Interior, has left the case,...
article OP/ED: Cobell / Too late for some
(Montana) -- Earlier this month, Dennis Gingold, lead attorney in the 16-year-long Cobell lawsuit, sent a letter to nearly 500,000 American Indians nationwide saying...
article Settlement brings $23M to Indian land trustees in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- The federal government will distribute about $23 million to American Indian land trustees in Wyoming after years of breached obligations on trust payments,...

12/3/2012

article Editorial: A crusader’s moment of justice
(Washington) -- ELOUISE Cobell did not live to experience the triumphant moment for her long campaign for justice, but the checks are going into the mail.
article Indian lawsuit money paid out soon
(South Dakota) -- In 1996, when Montana bank president and former Blackfeet tribal treasurer Eloise Cobell sued the U.S. in a class-action lawsuit, she brought national...
article Lessons from Indian trust fight priceless
(Montana) -- The finish line to a race that started more than 17 years ago will be crossed later this month when plaintiffs in a lawsuit by American Indians against the...
article Mescalero Apache to send members lawsuit checks
(New Mexico) -- Members of the Mescalero Apache tribe are scheduled to receive checks of $1,500 each as part of a $32.8 million windfall received through federal...

12/2/2012

article Righting A Wrong / Cobell settlement a moral, not financial, victory
(Oklahoma) -- Her Blackfeet Nation name was Yellow Bird Woman but during many years of contentious litigation attorneys for the federal government undoubtedly described...

11/30/2012

article NPR: Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a...

11/29/2012

article Cobell settlement comes too late for beneficiaries who passed
(Montana) -- The $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust fund lawsuit was announced in December 2009 but payments were delayed amid opposition in Congress and...
article Historic $3.4 billion Cobell settlement final, clearing way for tribal payments
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans could start getting payments by the end of this year from a historic $3.4 billion settlement of tribal claims that the federal...
article Indian trust settlement could bring $8M to Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- A legal settlement that will provide payments to hundreds of thousands of American Indian trust beneficiaries could bring between $6 million and $8 million...
article More tribal settlements announced in Dakotas
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes in North Dakota have received more than $65 million to settle claims that the federal government mismanaged tribal money and...
article DANIELS: Interior Annouces Cobell Settlement Is Final—Enjoy the Moment!
(Washington D.C.) -- On November 26, 2012, the Secretary of the Interior announced in a press release that the Cobell litigation is final and the department will...

11/28/2012

article Cobell lawsuit could bring $8 million to area
(Wyoming) -- Enrolled Arapaho and Shoshone tribal members in Fremont County could start receiving their shares of the historic Cobell lawsuit settlement within a few...
article Cobell Settlement checks are coming
(Montana) -- Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, decided in 1996 that enough was enough and she was tired of not having a resolution to the...
article Cobell Settlement Concludes Financial Mismanagement Suit
(Montana) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar yesterday lauded the final approval of the Cobell settlement and outlined steps that Interior will take to help...
article Huge Indian claims settlement won’t benefit Native communities in Maine
(Maine) -- While the federal government will be paying an array of Native American tribes $3.4 billion as a result of a class-action suit alleging trust fund...
article Oklahoma Indians ready to receive settlement checks in class-action suit
(Oklahoma) -- Julia Lookout won't believe it until the check arrives in the mail. Lookout is one of 50,000 American Indians across Oklahoma who were among the 500,...

11/27/2012

article Cobell checks could arrive before Christmas
(South Dakota) -- The wait is nearly over for thousands of Native Americans in the Dakotas and across the nation who will land a share of the Cobell Settlement, as the...
article Cobell Settlement to Begin Paying Out by Christmas
(Washington D.C.) -- The checks are soon to be in the mail. Those long-awaited words for many in Indian country came from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar when he...
article Payments to begin soon for Indian trust account holders
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly two years after Congress approved a settlement in the long-running lawsuit over individual Indian trust accounts, the federal government is...

11/26/2012

article $3.4B Indian lawsuit ends, disbursements to begin
(Washington D.C.) -- After nearly 17 years of courtroom arguments, congressional negotiations and Indian Country bickering, hundreds of thousands of Native Americans...
article Back-Pay Deal Approved for Indian Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration approved a $3.4 billion settlement to Native Americans for the federal government’s mismanagement of money intended...
article Feds Finalize Cobell Settlement With Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government has finally closed a long, contentious chapter with American Indian tribes. They’ve finalized the $3.4 billion Cobell...
article Historic Native American Class Action 'Finally Has Ended'
(Washington D.C.) -- A high-profile Native American class action in Washington that settled for $3.4 billion after more than a decade of litigation is now over, the...
press release Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans will soon receive Cobell settlement monies
(Washington D.C.) -- Three years after the government and individual Indians announced their historic settlement in the Cobell v. Salazar class action lawsuit, payments...
press release Salazar Announces Final Steps on Cobell Litigation and Implementation of Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today lauded the final approval of the Cobell settlement and outlined steps that Interior will take to help...

11/15/2012

article CSKT Land Consolidation Plan Draft seeks comments
(Montana) -- The CSKT Tribal Lands Department has been working on a draft plan to seek direct funding from the Cobell Settlement Trust Land Consolidation Fund. Recently...

11/13/2012

article Appeal dismissal brings tribes closer to multibillion-dollar federal settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The last legal challenge to a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native Americans was withdrawn last week, clearing the way for payments to as...

11/12/2012

article Rempel: The truth behind the withdrawn Cobell appeal
(Washington D.C.) -- Those of us who have met Mary Aurelia Johns and have had to listen to her shrill and outlandish contentions should not be surprised by her most...

11/11/2012

article Geoffrey Rempel: The truth behind the withdrawn Cobell appeal
(USA) -- Those of us who have met Mary Aurelia Johns and have had to listen to her shrill and outlandish contentions should not be surprised by her most recent...

11/8/2012

article Ask Elouise: Appeals of $3.4B Cobell trust settlement dismissed
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Indian Country, This open letter discusses the events in the Cobell case since my last letter to you. In that letter, I discussed the fact that...
article Cobell settlement cleared after Supreme Court dismisses appeal
(Washington D.C.) -- Payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement could go out soon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed the last appeal.
article Indians Pull Appeal to Cobell Settlement; Government Says Payments By Year’s End
(Washington D.C.) -- The three remaining Indian appellants have made the difficult decision to ask the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider their petition to appeal the $3...

11/7/2012

article Appeal of Indian land trust settlement rejected
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court won't consider a Colorado woman's challenge of a $3.4 billion settlement between the federal government and Native...

10/23/2012

article Secretary Salazar anticipates Cobell payments by end of year
(California) -- Payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement could go out by the end of the year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in an interview on Monday.

9/21/2012

article Three More American Indians File Cobell Settlement Appeals with US Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- Three more tribal citizens have filed a joint petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement.

9/19/2012

article Native American Rights Fund Fires Back at Cobell Lawyers Over Fees
(Washington D.C.) -- In the ongoing battle over millions of dollars in legal fees related to the pending $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, the Native American Rights Fund...

9/18/2012

article ICT refused to run Keith Harper's response on Cobell stories
(New York) -- Indian Country Today refused to publish an opinion by attorney Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation, because it "made unsubstantiated...
article S.E. RUCKMAN: The chatter on Cobell
(Oklahoma) -- Far away from the halls of Washington, D.C., the talk swirls. It bubbles like crude oil seeping up out of the soil. In nearly every single gathering of...

9/13/2012

article Cobell Settlement: New Ask Elouise Letter
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Indian Country, This open letter discusses events and issues in the Cobell case since the last communication on May 22, 2012. Unfortunately,...

9/12/2012

article HARPER: An Open Letter to Indian Country Today
(Washington D.C.) -- In a recent piece published in Indian Country Today entitled “White House Says Lawyer in Cobell Deal Recused on Administration Conflicts;...

9/10/2012

article White House Says Lawyer in Cobell Deal Recused on Administration Conflicts; Facts Contradict
(Washington D.C.) -- Attempting to quash concerns that the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement is tainted by a conflict of interest and other ethical problems, the White...

8/31/2012

article Native Sun News: Cobell settlement on hold with more appeals
(Washington D.C.) -- After 16 years of litigation, the historic $3.4 billion Cobell settlement agreement has once more been delayed in litigation – even as...

8/25/2012

article U.S. SC asked to hear case over Native American settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- A Colorado woman who previously challenged a multi-billion dollar settlement with the federal government over mismanaged Native American land...
article Social Security Administration issues ruling on trust payouts
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal members who receive a share of a trust fund settlement won't lose Social Security or Medicare benefits under a recent ruling from the...

8/22/2012

article Supreme Court asked to hear objections to $3.4B American Indian land trust settlement
(Montana) -- A woman who challenged a $3.4 billion settlement between the U.S. government and Native American land trust beneficiaries is asking the Supreme Court to...

8/19/2012

article Inside Kimberly Craven’s Cobell Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country Today Media Network has learned details of what Kimberly Craven’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the $3.4 billion Cobell...

8/18/2012

article Indians Filing Cobell Appeals with US Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- In perhaps the biggest news to rock Indian country since the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement was announced between the Obama administration and the...

8/15/2012

article Controversial Liens Removed from Cobell Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- After intense scrutiny from tribal interests, Indian appellants, and the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to use its...
article Native Sun News: Cobell trust fund settlement moving forward
(South Dakota) -- Another milestone has been reached in the over 16-year history of the Cobell saga. The federal government announced Aug. 10 that Native American tribes...

8/13/2012

article DOI won't place liens on land acquired under Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department won't place liens on land acquired in connection with the Cobell trust fund settlement, a top official said. The...

8/10/2012

article Cobell Lawyers Slam NARF for Something They Did, Too
(Washington D.C.) -- In a July 30 notice filed by the lawyers for the plaintiffs of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, they chastised lawyers with the Native American...

8/8/2012

article Cobell and NARF Lawyers Battle Over Money
(Washington D.C.) -- The lawyers for the Indian plaintiffs in the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement have filed a notice in federal court that says they do not want lawyers...
article LETTER: Blame debt on attorney fees
(Utah) -- To the editor: Several years ago (1996) a representative of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe of Montana hired attorneys to initiate a lawsuit against the federal...

7/27/2012

article Court Slashes Tribes' 'Excessive' Fee Request
(Washington D.C.) -- Calling their request "excessive" and vague, the D.C. Circuit awarded a group of Native American tribes less than a third of the nearly $...

6/13/2012

article Cobell Conundrum: Don’t Lien on Me
(Washington D.C.) -- As Indian appellants of the Cobell settlement ponder continuing their appeal after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals shot them down May 22, a major...

5/24/2012

article Tribal chairman says court ruling on trust case ‘big relief’ for elderly
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says a court ruling this week upholding the $3.4 billion Indian trust case settlement is a relief for...

5/23/2012

article Blackfeet Nation Settlement Upheld
(Montana) -- Yesterday a panel of appellate judges upheld the ruling that orders the U.S. government to pay the tribe $3.4 billion for mismanagement of over 500,000...
article Cobell Appeals Fail to Sway Court
(Washington D.C.) -- Four Indian appeals of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement have failed to pass muster with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
article D.C. Circuit Upholds $3.4B Native American Class Settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- A historic $3.4 billion class action settlement over the mismanagement of government trust funds for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans...
article Lawyers weigh appeal after court upholds $3.4 billion Native American settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys plan to decide “sooner rather than later” whether to appeal a federal court’s decision to uphold a $3.4 billion...

5/22/2012

article Appellate panel upholds government's $3.4B land royalty settlement with Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A panel of appellate judges on Tuesday upheld a $3.4 billion settlement between the U.S. government and hundreds of thousands of Native American...
article DC Circuit affirms fairness of $3.4B Cobell trust fund settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The D.C Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell Indian trust fund lawsuit.

4/23/2012

article Business director says settlement could help tribe’s financial future
(Colorado) -- A recent $1 billion settlement between the federal government and 41 Native American tribes could mean an opportunity for one Southwest Colorado tribe to...

4/22/2012

article Peninsula tribe to receive $25 million as part of federal settlement
(Washington) -- The Makah tribe will receive $25 million from the federal government under the terms of a $1 billion settlement of a series of lawsuits brought by Native...

4/19/2012

article GALANDA: Interior’s Land Consolidation Plan: Another ‘Disaster’ in the Making
(Washington) -- To quote an Indianz.com headline: “Interior’s land consolidation plan is a disaster.” The Department of the Interior’s proposal...

3/30/2012

article American Indian Business Leaders Conference Honors Elouise Cobell
(Arizona) -- The theme of this year’s American Indian Business Leaders 18th Annual National Business Conference (AIBL 2012) is “Inspiring a New Generation of...

3/7/2012

article White House official also hopeful for tribal trust settlements
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration remains optimistic about reaching more Indian trust management settlements, a senior White House official said today.

2/27/2012

article Sen. Tester: Nominating Elouise Cobell for a national honor
(Washington D.C.) -- Every year, only three Americans are honored with the Citizen Service Before Self award—one of the most prestigious honors awarded by our...

2/22/2012

article Native Sun News: $3.4B Cobell settlement still in question
(Washington D.C.) -- In an appeal filed by Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate member Kimberly Craven of Boulder, Colo., the Cobell trust fund settlement was questioned concerning...

2/16/2012

article D.C. Circuit Examines $3.4B Settlement In Native American Trust Case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department today defended in a Washington federal appeals court the historic $3.4 billion settlement to resolve claims that the...
article First Cobell Settlement Appeal Heard
(Washington D.C.) -- A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today heard the first of four appeals to the $3.4 billion...

2/10/2012

article Diné would be priority under Cobell plan
(Arizona) -- When attorneys for Elouise Cobell visited the Checkerboard area of the Navajo Nation to apprise allottees of the latest developments in their suit against...

2/8/2012

article DC Circuit set to hear first of challenges to Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear an objection to the Indian trust fund lawsuit next Thursday, February 16.

2/6/2012

article Cobell Class Members question settlement, attorney conduct
(Washington D.C.) -- Class Counsel for the Cobell v. Salazar class action lawsuit sent out a letter Jan. 20 to Class Members throughout Indian Country explaining the...
article GIAGO: Cobell settlement just another government rip-off
(South Dakota) -- Before you decide to throw rocks at Carol Good Bear, New Town, N. D., Kimberly Craven, Boulder, Colo., Charles Colombe, Mission, S. D., or Mary Lee...

2/3/2012

article DOI releases land consolidation plan for Cobell settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department today released a draft plan to implement the land consolidation portion of the Indian trust fund settlement. The settlement...

2/2/2012

article Feds release $1.9B plan to buy Indian land as part of Cobell settlement
(Montana) -- Federal officials have released their proposal on how they plan to spend $1.9 billion to buy up Native American-owned fractionated land tracts and turn them...
press release Interior Seeks Comments on Cobell Land Consolidation Draft Plan
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior today announced two important steps in the ongoing commitment to fulfilling this nation’s trust...

1/30/2012

article A Public Letter From the Cobell Lawyers Prompts Ethics and Harassment Concerns
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawyers for the many plaintiffs in the class-action suit attached to the Cobell settlement took that case’s seemingly endless saga to a new...
article Objectors of Native American settlement revealed
(Montana) -- Carol Good Bear started getting the calls about a week ago, after the attorneys who had negotiated a $3.4 billion settlement over misspent Native American...

1/21/2012

article Woman challenges historic Native class-action settlement
(Nebraska) -- Mary Lee Johns isn't one to back down from a fight. So when she learned Friday that attorneys for plaintiffs in the largest government class-action...

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