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The late Elouise Cobell meets President Barack Obama at the White House. December 8, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Standing Rock Sioux Reservation sees $195M in buyback offers (04/06)
The tribe is hosting four meetings next week to help landowners decide whether they want to sell their fractional interests.

DOI transfers another $12M from buy-back to scholarship fund (04/02)
The scholarship fund now holds more than $17 million and applications should be available soon.

Information on Bureau of Indian Affairs website missing in action (04/01)
The agency is working on getting the data back online after it mysteriously disappeared sometime in the afternoon on Tuesday.

Navajo Nation considers agreement for land-buy back program (03/30)
The reservation is home to nearly 34,000 individual landowners. Buying up all of their fractionated interests could cost more than $100 million.

Board still working on delivering money for Cobell scholarships (03/25)
The American Indian Graduate Center will be handling the fund as the new administrator.

DOI sends another $34M in offers on Rosebud Sioux Reservation (03/24)
The offers were made as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program (03/19)
The tribe is home to the second-most highly fractionated reservation in the nation.

Lummi Nation signs cooperative agreement for Cobell buy-back (03/09)
The tribe will work with the Interior Department to identify fractionated interests on the reservation.

DOI schedules listening session on buy-back program in Arizona (03/03)
The meeting takes place March 19 on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.

Bill to create day to honor late Elouise Cobell stalls in Montana (02/25)
Western Native Voice said supporters will look for other ways to advance the measure.

Deadlines approaching for over $100M in land buy-back offers (02/24)
Landowners on five reservations in five states are facing deadlines in March and April.

Charmaine White Face: Cobell settlement turned into deception (02/05)
When Eloise Cobell sued the federal government for violating the trust of their wards, the American Indians, it was for individual violations not for collective violations.

DOI signs land buy-back cooperative agreements with two tribes (01/30)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas are the latest to join the land consolidation program.

Osage Nation expects to see $7.4M in Cobell consolidation offers (01/27)
The offers will go out to nearly 700 landowners, The Osage News reported.

DOI sends $20M in land-buy back offers on Salt River Reservation (01/16)
Landowners have until March 6 to determine whether they want to sell their fractionated interests.

DOI signs land buy-back agreements with Washington tribes (01/13)
The Squaxin Island Tribe and the Swinomish Tribe will facilitate outreach and education.

DOI puts nearly $1M from land sales into Cobell scholarship fund (01/06)
The found now boasts a balance of more than $5 million.

Umatilla Tribes acquire 4K acres with Cobell buy-back program (12/23)
Individual Indians have accepted $4.16 million for their fractionated interests on the reservation.

DOI makes $9M in buy-back offers on Coeur d'Alene Reservation (12/17)
Offers were sent to more than 400 landowners. The deadline to accept is February 2, 2015.

DOI sends $1.5M in buy-back offers on Squaxin Island Reservation (12/10)
Offers were made to more than 600 landowners as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Michael Connor: Making strides with Cobell land buy-back program (12/04)
An update on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

ICT interview with DOI deputy secretary on Cobell buy-backs (11/21)
Michael Connor, the second-highest ranking official at DOI, discusses the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program (11/20)
After a year, the program is seeing an improvement in acceptance rates and will be expanding to more reservations.

DOI official to give update on Cobell land consolidation program (11/19)
Some $225 million in transactions have been concluded since the effort started a year ago.

S.E. Ruckman: How we celebrate Thanksgiving in Indian Country (11/14)
Reflecting on Native American Heritage Month, Thanksgiving, the holiday season and Cobell checks.

Newspaper: Elouise Cobell took courageous stand for America (11/03)
The Great Falls Tribune selects the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit as one of five Montanans who shaped history.

DOI expects 30 percent response rate on Cobell buyback offers (10/27)
Some $298 million in offers were made on the Crow Reservation but only $102.9 million is available for actual purchases.

DOI makes $63.5M in land offers on Lake Traverse Reservation (10/10)
Nearly 2,800 landowners have received offers to sell their fractionated interests.

Landowners on Crow Reservation learn more about buy-back (10/10)
The Crow Tribe hosted an outreach event to help people decide whether to accept offers.

DOI sends $298M in offers to landowners on Crow Reservation (10/06)
Responses to the offers are due by November 21.

DOI puts another $1M from lands sales into Cobell scholarships (10/01)
The fund now boasts a balance of more than $4.5 million.

Thousands missing out on share of Cobell settlement payments (09/29)
In Minnesota, over 7,300 members of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth tribes haven't seen their money.

Montana tribe expects a second round of Cobell buy-back offers (09/26)
Some $8.3 million in offers already went out to landowners earlier this month.

Kevin Washburn: Settlements with Indian Country hit $8B mark (09/26)
The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs tallies up the value of Cobell, tribal and water rights settlements under President Obama.

Walt Lamar: Say thanks to Elouise Cobell for stepping up for us (09/24)
Walt Lamar thanks the late Elouise Cobell for holding the federal government accountable for the mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

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