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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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Jay Daniels: Cobell settlement was flawed from beginning (04/18)
Jay Daniels discusses problems with the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

Ten reservations account for biggest share of Cobell buyback (04/17)
Landowners on 10 reservations stand to receive a large chunk of funds from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cobell settlement administrator responds to payment delay (04/16)
With anger mounting in Indian Country, the administrator of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is responding to concerns raised by members of Congress.

Letter from Cobell attorneys on second settlement payment (04/16)
Concerns have recently been expressed that the second payments under the Cobell settlement have not yet been distributed.

DOI extends $1.2M in offers to Makah Reservation landowners (04/15)
The Interior Department has extended another $1.2 million in offers to landowners on the Makah Nation in Washington.

Opinion: Judge delivered 'remarkable opinion' in Cobell lawsuit (04/15)
A former clerk for Judge Royce Lamberth discusses the opinion that led the Bush administration to seek his removal from the Cobell trust fund lawsuit.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reach agreement for Cobell buy-back (04/08)
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota reached a cooperative agreement as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Rep. Young open to an extension for Cobell buy-back program (04/04)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said he was open to extending the time-frame for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Lawmakers question delay in payments from Cobell settlement (04/03)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) want to know why payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement haven't been distributed.

Audio from House subcommittee hearing on Cobell land buyback (04/03)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing this afternoon to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Larry Roberts: Answers about the Cobell land buy-back program (04/03)
Larry Roberts, the deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, offers some answers about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Members of Oglala Sioux Tribe respond to Cobell buyback offers (03/28)
Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota appear to be responding favorably to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

House subcommittee to hold hearing on land buy-back program (03/24)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold an oversight hearing next week to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

DOI land buy-back boosts economy on Pine Ridge Reservation (03/19)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is bringing an economic boost to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

DOI announces $100M in land offers on Pine Ridge Reservation (03/18)
The Interior Department has made more than $100 million in offers to landowners on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Gabriel Galanda: Buy-back program violates indigenous rights (03/12)
Attorney Gabe Galanda says the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations violates the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Tribes reiterate support for Keith Harper's historic nomination (03/11)
Tribal leaders who serve on the executive committee of the National Congress of American Indians reiterated their support for Keith Harper to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

US Judgment Fund used to pay out out tribal trust settlements (03/10)
The federal government's Judgment Fund has been used to pay out a slew of tribal trust fund settlements.

Gabe Galanda: DOI buyback plan excludes most of Indian Country (03/03)
Attorney Gabe Galanda identifies problems with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes see $7.3M for buyback (02/28)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana expect to see $7.3 million as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Native Sun News: Obama administration skirts Indian preference (02/20)
Indian Preference is a term that is often misunderstood and is mistakenly identified with Affirmative Action.

Jay Daniels: BIA's Cobell land buy-back program still a mess (02/03)
Jay Daniels discusses the flaws in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Montana tribes reach agreements for Cobell land buy-back (01/31)
Two Montana tribes signed agreements as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes enter buyback deal (01/30)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana will sign a cooperative agreement today as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

Deadline approaches for first Cobell land consolidation offers (01/27)
Deadlines are fast approaching for Indian landowners to accept offers being made under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

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