Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion

Editorial: Victory with $3.4B settlement of Indian trust lawsuit





"An epic federal lawsuit challenging the incompetence and bureaucratic racism in the handling of Indian trust accounts by the U.S. government is finally over.

Credit the tenacity of Elouise Cobell, a Blackfoot woman from Montana, who became the public face and conscience of a class-action suit first filed in 1996.

Resolution came last week as Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan declared a $3.4 billion settlement reached with the federal government two years ago to be "fair, reasonable and adequate."

Only a relative handful of nearly 500,000 Native American claimants had objected to the final proposal."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Native Americans' victory, Cobell's triumph (The Seattle Times 6/25)

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