Final push to locate Indian beneficiaries owed money from Cobell settlement (November 21, 2017)
A November 27 deadline is fast approaching to locate an estimated 17,000 Indian beneficiaries who are entitled to a share of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
Final deadline approaching to claim share of Cobell trust fund settlement (October 27, 2017)
Almost all of the money from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has been distributed but remaining payments must be claimed by November 27, 2017.
The Trump administration has entered into the first new agreement since announcing a change in direction for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations sent out nearly $13 million in offers to landowners on the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota.
Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts (September 12, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations brought more than $156 million to the Blackfeet Nation, with additional offers anticipated as the initiative winds down.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the last in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations because funds are running out.
The late Elouise Cobell was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor for efforts to hold the federal government accountable to hundreds of thousands of tribal citizens.
The Trump administration told tribes about changes to the Land Buy-Back Program less than an hour before a press release was issued to the public.
With just $540 million left to spend, the Trump administration is changing course when it comes to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Through the acquisition of fractional interests, the Bad River Band regained ownership of 3,492 acres on its reservation in northern Wisconsin.
Landowners on the Nez Perce Reservation, the Pechanga Reservation and the Rincon Reservation are the latest to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
The overwhelming majority of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has been distributed but some Indian beneficiaries still haven't been paid.
Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end (June 6, 2017)
The Trump administration has put Indian Country on notice of the eventual end of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.
Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.
A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.
Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is finally getting back to work.
Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers (April 24, 2017)
Landowners on the reservation in Washington have until June 19 to accept as the program continues.
Interior Department makes 'final' transfer for Cobell scholarships (April 13, 2017)
The $60 million ceiling -- the maximum authorized in the settlement -- was hit after just four years.
Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump (March 30, 2017)
The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Court allows claim for alleged underpayment from Cobell settlement (March 22, 2017)
Sylvan Godfrey received $880 from the historic $3.4 billion deal but he believes he should have received $1,000.
Elouise Cobell '100 Years' documentary premieres in Washington (March 17, 2017)
The late Blackfeet Nation citizen was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts (February 13, 2017)
With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty.
Cobell scholarship fund grows to $47M thanks to buy-back effort (January 11, 2017)
More than $5.25 million in scholarships have been awarded as a result of the Cobell trust fund settlement.
The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.
Leaders on Navajo Nation call Cobell land buy-back effort a success (January 4, 2017)
Over 25,000 landowners on the reservation were paid more than $108 million for their fractional interests.
Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program (December 15, 2016)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band and the Scyuan Band will help educate landowners about the Cobell buy-back effort.
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nod (December 14, 2016)
The critically-acclaimed documentary about the late Elouise Cobell is garnering more notice.
Landowners from Colville Tribes see $25M in Cobell buy-back offers (December 12, 2016)
Offers went out to more than 5,100 landowners on the reservation in Washington.
Senate committee ready for hearing on Cobell buy-back program (December 5, 2016)
A panel of tribal and federal witnesses will discuss the $1.9 billion land consolidation effort at the December 7 hearing.
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers (November 28, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (November 22, 2016)
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 (November 22, 2016)
'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.'
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