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Garden City Group executive to testify at SCIA's Cobell hearing

Indian beneficiaries in Oklahoma demand release of Cobell settlement funds at this protest last year. Photo from Katherine Ware-Perosi / Change.Org

An executive from Garden City Group, the administrator of $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement, will testify at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing tomorrow.

Jennifer Keough, the firm's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be making her first public appearance before Congress since the settlement became law in December 2010. She has previously faced questions from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the chairman of the committee, about delays in the final payment from the settlement.

Tester called the hearing to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, which was authorized by the settlement. The full witness list follows:
The Honorable Michael Connor Deputy Secretary-U.S. Department of the Interior

Panel 1
The Honorable Carole Lankford
Vice-Chair-Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

The Honorable Ernest L. Stensgar
Vice-Chairman-Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and Chair, Trust Reform Committee, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

The Honorable Susan Waukon
Representative-Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature

Ms. Jennifer Keough
Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer-The Garden City Group, Inc.

Committee Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Improving the Trust System: Continuing Oversight of the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-Back Program" (July 16, 2014)

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