indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Job Opening - Editor - Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Times
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI

Filed Under: Cobell | National | Politics
More on: 113th, doi, land consolidation, michael connor, scia, senate
   


Indian beneficiaries in Oklahoma demand release of Cobell settlement funds at this protest last year. Photo from Katherine Ware-Perosi / Change.Org

Indian beneficiaries probably won't be seeing the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement for a couple more months.

In May, a federal judge approved distribution of the remaining funds while appeals from people who believe they are eligible are still being processed. The ruling gave hope to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who were originally told to expect a check around Christmas in 2013.

The payments, however, depend on calculations being made at the Interior Department. Without that information, the Garden City Group -- the firm that was appointed by the court to administer the settlement -- can't mail out checks.

"DOI's calculations depend on information only available to DOI," Jennifer Keough, the chief operating officer at the Garden City Group, told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee this afternoon.

"Once those final numbers are provided to us and approved by the court, Garden City stands ready to issue to begin the process of issuing payments to the trust administration class," Keough added.

Michael Connor, the second-in-command at the Interior Department, acknowledged that work was continuing on those calculations. However, he would only say that it would be completed in "early fall."

But then he said it was the Cobell plaintiffs who asked DOI to do some "verification" of information. No one from the Cobell team appeared at the hearing.

The remainder of the hearing focused on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The settlement authorized $1.9 billion for DOI to acquire fractionated interests from willing sellers.

Since December, DOI has paid $72 million to landowners. More than 203,000 acres have been returned to tribes as a result of the program.

The hearing lasted about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Audio can be found on the Indianz.Com SoundCloud.

Committee Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Improving the Trust System: Continuing Oversight of the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-Back Program" (July 16, 2014)

Related Stories:
Garden City Group executive to testify at SCIA's Cobell hearing (7/15)
ICT interview with Sen. Walsh about delayed Cobell payments (06/18)
Elmeretta Blackbird: End delay in Cobell settlement payment (06/12)
Cobell attorneys schedule meetings with beneficiaries in Alaska (6/9)
Sen. Tester calls for speedy distribution of Cobell settlement (06/05)
Cobell settlement checks expected within next three months (6/3)
Judge approves distribution of second Cobell settlement check (5/30)
Cobell team to meet with beneficiaries in Oklahoma next week (5/30)
Tex Hall: Distribute minimum payments from Cobell settlement (05/19)
Long-delayed Cobell payments range from $850 to nearly $10M (05/19)
Native Sun News: Cobell checks could be delayed to December (05/14)
Cobell attorneys provide update on settlement amid complaints (05/13)
Indian beneficiaries demand release of Cobell settlement fund (5/12)
Jay Daniels: Cobell settlement was flawed from beginning (04/18)
Cobell settlement administrator responds to payment delay (04/16)
Letter from Cobell attorneys on second settlement payment (04/16)
Lawmakers question delay in payments from Cobell settlement (04/03)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Urban Indian organization seeks new center (11/26)
Dean Suagee: EPA's Clean Power Plan affects Indian Country (11/26)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe to issue IDs at tournament (11/25)
James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture (11/25)
Ben Shelly: There's a lot to be thankful for on the Navajo Nation (11/25)
Cara Cowan Watts: Share the blessings of the Cherokee Nation (11/25)
Joe Sexton: BIA's 'ugly' land policies stuck in the 19th century (11/25)
Jenny Durkan: Cop who killed Native man wasn't charged either (11/25)
Oklahoma claims Citizen Potawatomi Nation must collect taxes (11/25)
Divided court won't extend Seneca Nation immunity to business (11/25)
Vice: North Dakota tribe sees $25M a month in energy royalties (11/25)
Members of Lumbee Tribe proud to carry on tradition of service (11/25)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe donates $10K to local food pantry (11/25)
Slate: Non-Indians were encouraged to move to tribal territory (11/25)
Column: Remains of Dakota man hanged in 1862 kept in home (11/25)
Family members plead guilty to thefts from reservation town (11/25)
Authorities investigate fatal crash involving Bad River officer (11/25)
Editorial: Yakama Nation must disclose plans for clean water (11/25)
Roy Burton: Montana tribe puts its people at risk with gaming (11/25)
Lawmaker asks BIA to wait on Cowlitz Tribe casino acquisition (11/25)
Gaming compacts on agenda for 2015 session in New Mexico (11/25)
Quapaw Tribe faces even more competition for Kansas casino (11/25)
Pala Band wins final approval for online gaming in New Jersey (11/25)
Mashantucket Tribe still thinking about Massachusetts casino (11/25)
Tim Giago: Cornflakes every Sunday at Indian boarding school (11/24)
Charles Trimble: A time to give thanks -- For whatever reason (11/24)
Mark Trahant: Incoming Alaska governor opens doors to tribes (11/24)
Native Sun News: Four from South Dakota win big at rodeo final (11/24)
Suzan Shown Harjo to receive Medal of Freedom at White House (11/24)
Bill John Baker: Take pride in Cherokee Nation accomplishments (11/24)
Bryan Brewer: Tribal communities need better Internet service (11/24)
Harold Monteau: Teach children about our positive tribal values (11/24)
Crystal Willcuts: Keystone XL Pipeline just makes the rich richer (11/24)
PBS: VAWA helps tribes go after non-Indian domestic offenders (11/24)
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in shock after shooting leaves 4 dead (11/24)
Complaint against Navajo Nation presidential hopeful dismissed (11/24)
Otoe-Missouria Tribe defends online loan business amid scrutiny (11/24)
Chippewa Cree Tribe swears in chairman more than a year later (11/24)
Florida Supreme Court declines Miccosukee child custody case (11/24)
Three arrested in fatal stabbing at Yankton Sioux tribal housing (11/24)
Mille Lacs Band grows economy with Oklahoma hotel purchase (11/24)
Editorial: BIA fails to resolve Cayuga Nation leadership dispute (11/24)
Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case (11/24)
Faction of Chukchansi Tribe walks away from casino mediation (11/24)
Tribal casinos cancel Bill Cosby shows as allegations resurface (11/24)
Editorial: Poarch Creeks control their own destiny with gaming (11/24)
Editorial: Renew Class III gaming compact with Seminole Tribe (11/24)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.