Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Subcommittee sets hearing on bill to limit Cobell attorney fees





The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next week on H.R.887, a bill to limit attorney fees in the Indian trust fund lawsuit to $50 million.

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the subcommittee, introduced the bill on March 2. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), a new member of Congress, are listed as co-sponsors.

In addition to limiting the attorney fees, the bill requires the Interior Department to submit a report to Congress on its land consolidation plans, and to potentially identify an alternative to the portion of the settlement that deals with land consolidation. Young has expressed concerns about the effort.

The hearing will take place next Tuesday, April 5, at 11am in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building.

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 887 (April 5, 2011)

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