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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

Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (11/22)
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.
Terry Anderson: Donald Trump can grant energy 'freedom' to Indian Country Terry Anderson: Donald Trump can grant energy 'freedom' to Indian Country (11/22)
'Considering the fact that tribes have an estimated $1.5 trillion in energy resources, President Trump should start by promoting more tribal authority over those resources.'
Editorial: Our nation is better off thanks to the late Elouise Cobell Editorial: Our nation is better off thanks to the late Elouise Cobell (11/21)
'Elouise Cobell’s work inspired this nation to do better by its first Americans.'
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes (11/18)
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.
White House honors the late Elouise Cobell with Medal of Freedom White House honors the late Elouise Cobell with Medal of Freedom (11/16)
The late Blackfeet Nation citizen was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Landowners on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation see $40M in Cobell buy-back offers Landowners on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation see $40M in Cobell buy-back offers (11/09)
The land consolidation fund is set to run out of money in the middle of the forthcoming Trump presidential administration.
Oglala Sioux Tribe credits the late Janet Reno for Indian Country initiatives Oglala Sioux Tribe credits the late Janet Reno for Indian Country initiatives (11/07)
The first woman to serve as Attorney General first gained experience with tribes while growing up in Florida.
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program (11/01)
With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.
Landowners from Bad River Band see $6.6M in Cobell buy-back offers Landowners from Bad River Band see $6.6M in Cobell buy-back offers (10/26)
Offers went out to nearly 3,000 landowners on the Wisconsin reservation.
Harlan McKosato: Film pays tribute to 'warrior' Elouise Cobell Harlan McKosato: Film pays tribute to 'warrior' Elouise Cobell (10/26)
Director Melinda Janko created a 75-minute documentary, 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice, on the life and achievements of Elouise Cobell.
Landowners from Turtle Mountain Band see nearly $18M in Cobell offers Landowners from Turtle Mountain Band see nearly $18M in Cobell offers (10/11)
About 7,000 landowners are seeing offers as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Review: Elouise Cobell and her battle for justice in '100 Years' Review: Elouise Cobell and her battle for justice in '100 Years' (10/11)
Another favorable review for 100 Years, a documentary about the late Elouise Cobell and her landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
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.

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