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BSPR: NCAI worried about scams related to Cobell payments
Monday, December 17, 2012
Filed Under: Cobell
More on: idaho, ncai
 
"Close to 6,000 American Indians in Idaho will get a check this week for $1,000. It’s part of a landmark settlement with the federal government over the mismanagement of American Indian land.

Just in time for the holidays, about 300,000 American Indians nationally will receive checks from the $3.4 billion settlement. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit started by Montana Blackfeet woman Elouise Cobell in 1996. Cobell died of cancer during the appeals process in 2011.

An advocacy group is concerned that some people receiving the checks may be targeted by financial predators.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is going on the offensive to educate people on scams that could be coming their way."

Get the Story:
Idaho Natives Warned Of Financial Scams As Settlement Checks Are Disbursed (Boise State Public Radio 12/17)

Relevant Documents:
Cobell v. Salazar (December 11, 2012)

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