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New judge assigned to Cobell trust fund case
Friday, December 8, 2006

The Cobell trust fund case was assigned a new judge by the federal court in Washington, D.C.

Judge James Robertson, a Clinton nominee, will be handling the 10-year-old case. He takes over from Judge Royce Lamberth, who was removed by an appeals court for appearing biased against the federal government.

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff, welcomed the assignment. “We want to see this case resolved quickly," she said. "We will work in good faith with Judge Robertson to end this century-long injustice that the government has done to Native people."

The lawsuit seeks an accounting of billions of dollars owed to more than 500,000 Native Americans. Efforts to settle the case failed in Congress this year.

Get the Order:
Cobell v. Kempthorne (December 7, 2006)

Briefing Paper:
NEWLY PROPOSED PROVISIONS FOR SENATE BILL 1439 THE INDIAN TRUST REFORM ACT (SCIA 10/23)

Press Release:
ADDITIONAL CONSULTATION MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON S.1439 (SCIA 10/19)

Relevant Documents:
Staff Draft of Cobell Settlement Bill (Posted by ITMA)

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Statement:
INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE POSTPONES CONSIDERATION OF TRUST REFORM LEGISLATION (August 2, 2006)

Indian Trust Reform Act:
S.1439 | H.R.4322

Relevant Links:
Senate Indian Affairs Committee - http://indian.senate.gov
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Kempthorne - http://www.indiantrust.com
Office of Special Trustee - http://www.ost.doi.gov
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm

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