Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Kevin Abourezk: Mary Lee Johns fights $3.4B trust settlement





"Mary Lee Johns isn't one to back down from a fight.

So when she learned Friday that attorneys for plaintiffs in the largest government class-action settlement in American history had sent out her name, address and phone number to thousands of their clients to urge her to stop fighting the settlement, she laughed.

"I think it's silly on their part," she said. "It's a typical ploy for people who are desperate for money."

The Lincoln woman, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is one of 300,000 Native plaintiffs in the Cobell lawsuit against the U.S. government."

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Kevin Abourezk: Woman challenges historic Native class-action settlement (The Lincoln Journal Star 1/21)

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