Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement

Appeal weighed after DC Circuit backs $3.4B Cobell settlement





An attorney for Kimberly Craven, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota who objected to the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement, said further appeals are being considered.

The D.C Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Craven's challenges in a unanimous decision on Tuesday. Craven could ask the court to rehear the case or she could take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We need to look at our chances of winning and we have to evaluate where the ruling sits in with the law,” Craven’s attorney, Ted Frank, told Cronkite News.

The DC Circuit also rejected challenges from three other people.

Get the Story:
Lawyers weigh appeal after court upholds $3.4 billion Native American settlement (Cronkite News 5/23)
Cobell Appeals Fail to Sway Court (Indian Country Today 5/23)

DC Circuit Decisions:
Cobell v. Salazar (May 22, 2012)
Cobell v. Salazar (May 22, 2012)

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