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

Review: 'Inspiring' documentary about Elouise Cobell's battle Review: 'Inspiring' documentary about Elouise Cobell's battle (09/26)
The first reviews of 100 Years, a documentary about the late Elouise Cobell and her landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit, are in.
Landowners from Lower Brule Sioux Tribe see $11M in Cobell buy-back offers Landowners from Lower Brule Sioux Tribe see $11M in Cobell buy-back offers (09/22)
Offers went out to nearly 4,000 landowners on the reservation in South Dakota.
Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program (09/09)
The Minnesota tribe so far has been able to consolidate about 42 percent of the fractionated land base.
Three more tribes enter into Cobell land buy-back agreements Three more tribes enter into Cobell land buy-back agreements (09/08)
So far more than 44,000 individual Indian landowners have been paid nearly $883.8 million through the program.
Film about Elouise Cobell's long 'fight for justice' set for fall release Film about Elouise Cobell's long 'fight for justice' set for fall release (09/06)
The '100 Years' documentary traces Elouise Cobell's efforts to secure justice for hundreds of thousands of Indian landowners.
Ponca Tribe landowners see $7M in offers through Cobell program Ponca Tribe landowners see $7M in offers through Cobell program (08/18)
More than 1,500 landowners received offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and they have until October 6 to accept.
Colville Tribes expect Cobell buy-back offers for landowners in fall Colville Tribes expect Cobell buy-back offers for landowners in fall (08/12)
Landowners on the Washington reservation could receive upwards of $25.7 million for their fractionated interests.
Interior Department sends more money for Cobell scholarships Interior Department sends more money for Cobell scholarships (07/20)
The scholarship fund now boasts a balance of about $40 million and offers went out to another 733 students this month.
Navajo Nation dispels strange rumor about Cobell land buy-back effort Navajo Nation dispels strange rumor about Cobell land buy-back effort (07/19)
Some people are claiming the tribe needs the land to house refugees from the Middle East.
Landowners on two reservations see $70M from Cobell program Landowners on two reservations see $70M from Cobell program (07/14)
Landowners from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Quinault Nation are the latest to see offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offers Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offers (07/14)
The reservation in Washington suffers from a high rate of fractionation, according to the federal government.
Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell program Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell program (07/12)
More than 26,000 landowners on the largest reservation in the United States have received offers to sell their fractionated interests.
Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program (06/09)
Additional offers are going out later this month so the total dollar value will be increasing.
Interview with Melvin Monette about Cobell scholarship program Interview with Melvin Monette about Cobell scholarship program (05/26)
Indigenous Education, a non-profit based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was recently selected to administer the program.
Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program (05/25)
The Bad River Band in Wisconsin, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Yakama Nation in Washington will educate landowners about the effort.
Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline (05/18)
The effort has been so successful that it is due to run out of money before a 10-year deadline imposed by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell case.
Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts (05/17)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $742.3 million into the hands of individual Indians as it restores fractionated interests to tribal governments.
Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation (05/09)
Recipients have 45 days – until June 24 -- to decide whether they will sell their fractionated interests.
Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom (05/05)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is pushing President Barack Obama to award the medal to the Blackfeet Nation woman who was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program (05/04)
Chairman Harry Barnes signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department to help facilitate purchases of fractionated interests from willing individual Indian landowners.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (05/02)
Chairman Harry Barnes will help announce a milestone for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country (05/02)
The Land Buy-Back Program returns tribal lands to tribes and furthers tribal self-governance.
Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program (04/21)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe will help facilitate sales for the program, which has so far paid more than $761 million to individual Indians.
Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer (04/12)
The scholarship is seeded with proceeds from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Cobell scholarship board chooses new entity to administer funds Cobell scholarship board chooses new entity to administer funds (03/23)
Indigenous Education steps in after the first round of about $2 million in scholarships went out to Indian students.
Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell (03/22)
The late Blackfeet Nation citizen secured a $3.4 billion settlement after fighting for the rights of individual Indians through 15 years of litigation.
Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation (03/21)
Many Natives see humor in the fact that they receive a $2 check from the U.S. Department of Treasury for their land ownership and/or their oil and gas leases.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back (03/15)
More than 3,200 landowners received offers to sell their fractional interests on the reservation.
Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country (03/02)
One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much.
Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session  Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session (03/01)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $736 million into the hands of individual Indians.
Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement (02/01)
The tribe would only be the third in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers (01/12)
The tribe held a kick-off event to inform individual Indian landowners about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds (01/06)
Attorneys are working closely with Indian Country to find as many additional beneficiaries as possible by April 30, 2016.
DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund (01/06)
The fund boasts a balance of $35 million, money that will be used to enhance educational opportunities for tribal members across the country.

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