Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Allottee group urges Navajo landowners to file claims for Cobell

Upwards of 50,000 members of the Navajo Nation could qualify for a share of $3.4 billion settlement for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit, the leader of an allottees group said.

Ervin Chavez, the president of Shi Shi Kéyah, is urging Navajo landowners to participate in the settlement. Claim forms for the Trust Administration Class are due by September 16.

"Elders have passed on — lots of people have passed on — waiting for this settlement," Chavez told The Farmington Daily Times. "It tears your heart out to see elderlies waiting and waiting for any settlement."

Most beneficiaries will automatically receive $1,000 as part of the Historical Accounting Class. The payment for the Trust Administration Class will depend on the amount in a person's Individual Indian Money (IIM) account.

The minimum payment for the Trust Administration Class is $800 but some landowners are eligible for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Get the Story:
Cobell settlement in final stages (The Farmington Daily Times 8/2)

Relevant Documents:
Order Granting Final Approval To Settlement | Exhibit A and Exhibit B

Related Stories:
Claim forms due September 16 for $3.4B trust fund settlement (8/1)
Jodi Rave: Milestone as judge approves $3.4B Cobell settlement (07/25)
Opinion: Cobell settlement closes an unsavory chapter in history (07/15)
Interview with attorney Elliott Levitas about Cobell settlement (7/13)
Transcript posted from fairness hearing for Cobell trust fund case (7/7)
Ken Salazar: Cobell settlement a big step toward trust reform (06/28)
Letter: Attorneys take excessive fees in trust fund settlement (6/28)
Editorial: Victory with $3.4B settlement of Indian trust lawsuit (6/27)
WPR: Lac du Flambeau chair hopes BIA improves trust system (6/27)
Upwards of 30K in Arizona to share in $3.4B Cobell settlement (6/27)
In These Times: Fractionation a big issue in Cobell settlement (6/27)
Ben Carnes: Cobell settlement a knife in Indian people's backs (6/22)
Blog: Crime of the century with Indian trust fund management (6/22)
Judge approves $3.4B settlement in Cobell trust fund lawsuit (6/21)
Schedule for fairness hearing for Cobell trust fund settlement (6/20)
Quapaw Tribe tries to opt out of Cobell trust fund settlement (6/20)
Judge to hold fairness hearing for Cobell trust fund settlement (6/17)
Jerilyn DeCoteau: Cobell settlement just doesn't feel right (6/6)
Fairness hearing in Cobell settlement scheduled for June 20 (5/26)

Join the Conversation