Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Schedule for fairness hearing for Cobell trust fund settlement





Judge Thomas F. Hogan will hold the fairness hearing for the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit today.

Hogan will determine whether the $3.4 billion settlement is fair. The deal provides $1.5 billion in direct payments to Indian beneficiaries and creates a $1.9 billion land consolidation fund to buy fractionated interest from willing beneficiaries.

According to Hogan's organization order, the schedule for the hearing follows:
I. Opening Statements (15 minutes for plaintiffs, 15 minutes for government)

II. Objectors' Statements (Up to 10 minutes each):
Aldine Farrier
Ben Carnes
Carol Good Bear
Darwin Good Bear
Celestia Fast Horse Two Eagles
Charles Colombe
Darlene Pipeboy
Dorothea Wilson
Solomon Quinn
Eddie Jacobs
Alan H. Yamamoto (representing Feron J. Thunder Hawk, Laura Begay and Louise Joe Marie Murphy)
Jason Nathanael Corwin
Judith A. (Heart Warrior) Chosa
Theodore Frank (representing Kimberly Craven)
Loren W. Zephier
Margie J. Elder
Mary Aurelius Johns
Richard A. Monette
Verlita Sugar

III. Response to Objections (30 minutes for plaintiffs, 30 minutes for government)

IV. Closing Remarks (15 minutes for plaintiffs, 15 minutes for government)

The hearing takes place at 10am at the federal district courthouse in Washington, D.C.

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