Dynamic Homes
ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Cobell
Interview with Elliott Levitas, attorney for Cobell case


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviews Elliott Levitas, a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia, about the Cobell Indian trust fund lawsuit.

"Q: What is the significance of the Cobell case?

A: This is clearly a historical, landmark piece of litigation. As far as I know, it is the largest class-action [lawsuit] ever brought before the federal government. It deals with a historic injustice in which the United States, our country, has mistreated Native Americans.

Q: What are the economic implications for the plaintiffs?

A: They will get compensation, not as much as they should if the settlement is implemented as currently written, but certainly for people in Indian country, which is one of the poorest areas of America, this money will make a heck of a lot of difference.

The resolution also has led to trust reform to improve records management.

Q: So, that will make it easier for the plaintiffs to manage their own land resources?

A: That is exactly right. Until this suit was brought, the beneficiaries of the trust would get misinformation or wrong information about their land ownership.

The recordkeeping was some place between bad and nonexistent."

Get the Story:
‘Clearly a ... landmark piece of litigation’ (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1/17)

Relevant Documents:
Agreement | Press Release | Q&A | Audio

Related Stories:
Millions coming to Montana under Cobell settlement (01/07)
Congress gets more time to act on Cobell settlement (1/6)
Editorial: A long overdue settlement to Cobell lawsuit (1/6)
Editorial: A long overdue settlement to Cobell lawsuit (1/6)
Letters: A good settlement to Indian trust fund case (12/21)
Cobell urges Senate to move quickly on settlement (12/18)
Column: Free Indians of federal government control (12/18)
Column: Cobell deal not so great for Indian Country (12/18)
Editorial: Cobell deal corrects century-old old wrong (12/18)
Editorial: Settlement and accountability in trust fund (12/18)
Witness List: Senate hearing on Cobell settlement (12/16)
Mary Pember: The small picture of the Cobell deal (12/16)
Opinion: Deal won't change much in Indian Country (12/16)
Editorial: Settlement in Cobell case is long overdue (12/16)
Editorial: Act quickly to approve Cobell settlement (12/16)
Bill Means: Cobell settlement a rip-off for Indians (12/15)
Editorial: At last a settlement in Cobell trust case (12/15)
North Dakota tribes back settlement in Cobell case (12/14)
Opinion: Indian plaintiff won't see trust settlement (12/14)
Column: Navajo woman helped resolve Cobell case (12/14)
Editorial: Preventing future trust mismanagement (12/14)
Editorial: Approve settlement to Cobell trust case (12/14)
Senate committee sets Cobell settlement hearing (12/11)
Washington tribes react to Cobell case settlement (12/11)
Editorial: Land consolidation program 'worrisome' (12/11)
Lynne Harlan: A new era in federal Indian relations (12/11)
Column: Cowboy banks got paid more than Indians (12/11)
Editorial: Settling more than a century of injustice (12/11)
Editorial: Support settlement for Cobell trust case (12/11)
Editorial: Acknowledge past mistakes in trust fund (12/11)
Editorial: A long overdue settlement to Cobell suit (12/11)
NARF welcomes settlement in Cobell trust lawsuit (12/10)
Cobell hailed as warrior as she returns to Montana (12/10)
Billings Paper: Cobell deal sends $27M to Montana (12/10)
Editorial: Cobell settlement fair for Indian Country (12/10)
Editorial: Welcome settlement to Cobell trust case (12/10)
Mostly praise for $3.4B settlement to Cobell lawsuit (12/9)
Editorial: Act quickly on Indian trust fund settlement (12/9)
Twitter Recap of Cobell settlement with Photos (12/8)
Statement by President Obama on Cobell settlement (12/8)
Statement by Sen. Dorgan on Cobell settlement (12/8)
Statement by Sen. McCain on Cobell settlement (12/8)
Statement by Sen. Tester on Cobell settlement (12/8)
Statement by Rep. Rahall on Cobell settlement (12/8)
Statement by Rep. Cole and Rep. Kildee on Cobell settlement (12/8)
'Major' announcement on Indian trust management (12/8)