Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Cherokee Nation estimates 1700 might benefit from Cobell deal

About 1,700 citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma could benefit from the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit, Secretary of State Melanie Knight said.

Cherokees who believe they are owed money have until April 20 to say whether they want to participate in the settlement. Most beneficiaries will get at least $1,800.

“If a Cherokee Nation citizen has had an IIM account, individual trust land or restricted land during the time period specified, we recommend they review the website and determine if they may qualify for a claim,” Knight told The Cherokee Phoenix, referring to

Attorneys for the case are in Oklahoma this week to discuss the settlement.

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Cherokee Nation directing Cobell queries to website (The Cherokee Phoenix 3/10)

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