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Cobell | Opinion
Letters: A good settlement to Indian trust fund case


Stephen C. Torbit: "By settling an old, contentious lawsuit this week, Interior Secretary Salazar righted an important wrong and proved the federal government takes its responsibility to American Indians seriously. As President Obama noted, this is only the government’s first step in renewing its commitment to work constructively with tribes in tackling the many challenges in Indian country today. By honoring that commitment, the Interior Department can ensure that tribal communities, their economies and vast natural resources are priorities we conserve and enhance."

Barb Lancaster: "Finally! The U.S. is going to attempt to do the right thing in response to the lawsuit brought by Elouise Cobell. Cobell began her suit 14 years ago after trying to get an accounting of the royalties due individual Indians, from the lease of their property. After being put off repeatedly by government officials she spoke with, she faced the fact that this was bigger than anyone wanted to admit. Thank heaven she was willing to take on the issue."

Get the Story:
Stephen C. Torbit: Credit due for Cobell (Indian Country Today 12/21)
Barb Lancaster: Justice at last (The Helena Independent Record 12/20)

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