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Osage Nation seeks to intervene in Cobell case


After its friend of the court brief was rejected, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma is now seeking to intervene in the Indian trust fund lawsuit as the case heads to final resolution.

The tribe wants to intervene for the "limited" purpose of asserting its ownership of the Osage mineral trust, according to a motion filed on Wednesday. The tribe says neither the Cobell plaintiffs nor the federal government can represent its interests.

"Because the plaintiffs directly contest the Osage Nation's position regarding ownership of mineral revenue, the only party left to represent the Osage Nation's interests is the United States," the tribe's attorneys wrote in the motion. "But the United States has already shown that it will not be an adequate advocate for the Osage Nation's interest in the Osage mineral income."

The tribe is currently suing the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for breach of trust. A separate historical accounting lawsuit, similar to the Cobell case, is pending before Judge James Robertson.

Robertson convened a trial on June 9 to put a dollar figure on the government's failure to account for the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust. The trial enters its eighth day today and is likely to end next week.

Trial Transcripts:
June 9 AM | June 9 PM | June 10 AM | June 10 PM | June 11 | June 12 AM | June 12 PM | June 16 AM | June 16 PM | June 17 AM

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