Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

MPR: Cobell settlement expected to bring $57M into Minnesota

Members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota are filing for the second round of payments in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement:
Today is the deadline for American Indians and their descendants to take part in a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government over the mismanagement of Indian land and money.

In Minnesota, the settlement will distribute $57 million to more than 35,000 tribal members.

Earlier this month, Arlene Weous, who lives on the Mille Lacs reservation in central Minnesota, called the Bureau of Indian Affairs to file her claim. She will be among thousands of American Indian around the country taking part in the Cobell settlement -- named after a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, who sued the federal government over its accounting practices related to tribal lands.

Weous, who has lived on the reservation for 54 years, said the settlement will close a long and unjust chapter in the relationship between the U.S. government and Indian tribes.

Get the Story:
Confusion may slow settlement payments to Minnesota tribal members (Minnesota Public Radio 3/1)

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