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President Obama to sign bill with Cobell settlement this afternoon


Watch the signing online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

President Barack Obama will sign H.R.4783, the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, at the White House this afternoon.

The bill authorizes the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Today's signing comes exactly a year after the deal was announced in Washington, D.C., on December 8, 2009.

Lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, will be at the ceremony. Sen. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) are among the lawmakers expected to attend.

“This is historic legislation,” Dorgan said yesterday. “It not only closes the books on a shameful period of history for the federal government, it provides some long delayed justice to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans.”

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:30pm Eastern time.

Cobell Settlement Documents:
Agreement | Press Release | Q&A | Audio

Relevant Documents:
Elouise Cobell | President Obama | DOJ/DOI/USDA | Roll Call
NCAI | Sen. Dorgan | Sen. Baucus | Rep. Cole | Rep. Pallone

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