Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Rep. Gosar signs onto bill to restrict Cobell attorney fees to $50M





Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), a new member of Congress, has signed onto H.R.887, a bill to limit attorney fees in the Indian trust fund lawsuit to $50 million.

Gosar sits on the new House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. His district includes parts of the Navajo Nation and several other tribes whose members are expected to benefit from the $3.4 billion settlement.

“While the mismanagement of the Native trust monies is bad enough, a second injury cannot be inflicted on these same people by a fee request that is almost a quarter of a billion dollars," Gosar said in a statement in the Congressional Record. "It shocks the conscience to see such a large request. Every dollar paid out in legal fees is a dollar the injured Native Americans will not have."

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) , the chairman of the subcommittee, introduced the bill on March 1. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is a co-sponsor.

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