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The late Elouise Cobell meets President Barack Obama at the White House. December 8, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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ICT interview with DOI deputy secretary on Cobell buy-backs (11/21)
Michael Connor, the second-highest ranking official at DOI, discusses the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program (11/20)
After a year, the program is seeing an improvement in acceptance rates and will be expanding to more reservations.

DOI official to give update on Cobell land consolidation program (11/19)
Some $225 million in transactions have been concluded since the effort started a year ago.

S.E. Ruckman: How we celebrate Thanksgiving in Indian Country (11/14)
Reflecting on Native American Heritage Month, Thanksgiving, the holiday season and Cobell checks.

Newspaper: Elouise Cobell took courageous stand for America (11/03)
The Great Falls Tribune selects the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit as one of five Montanans who shaped history.

DOI expects 30 percent response rate on Cobell buyback offers (10/27)
Some $298 million in offers were made on the Crow Reservation but only $102.9 million is available for actual purchases.

DOI makes $63.5M in land offers on Lake Traverse Reservation (10/10)
Nearly 2,800 landowners have received offers to sell their fractionated interests.

Landowners on Crow Reservation learn more about buy-back (10/10)
The Crow Tribe hosted an outreach event to help people decide whether to accept offers.

DOI sends $298M in offers to landowners on Crow Reservation (10/06)
Responses to the offers are due by November 21.

DOI puts another $1M from lands sales into Cobell scholarships (10/01)
The fund now boasts a balance of more than $4.5 million.

Thousands missing out on share of Cobell settlement payments (09/29)
In Minnesota, over 7,300 members of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth tribes haven't seen their money.

Montana tribe expects a second round of Cobell buy-back offers (09/26)
Some $8.3 million in offers already went out to landowners earlier this month.

Kevin Washburn: Settlements with Indian Country hit $8B mark (09/26)
The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs tallies up the value of Cobell, tribal and water rights settlements under President Obama.

Walt Lamar: Say thanks to Elouise Cobell for stepping up for us (09/24)
Walt Lamar thanks the late Elouise Cobell for holding the federal government accountable for the mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

S.E. Ruckman: A remarkable day with arrival of Cobell checks (09/22)
S.E. Ruckman reflects on the arrival of the final checks from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

Cobell settlement checks being cashed across Indian Country (09/19)
Overall, some 493,000 checks have been sent out to Indian beneficiaries.

Sen. Walsh welcomes arrival of last Cobell settlement payout (09/18)
Walsh had co-sponsored a bill to speed up the release of the checks.

Cobell settlement checks landing in Indian Country mailboxes (09/18)
From $869 to several thousand dollars, the checks are arriving across the country.

DOI offers $9.4M for Cobell buy-backs on Umatilla Reservation (09/16)
The offers were made to nearly 1,800 landowners, who have until October 31 to respond.

Checks from final payment of Cobell settlement put in the mail (09/16)
Some $941.6 million will be reaching members of the Trust Administration Class in the next several days.

Jay Daniels: Still waiting on that final Cobell settlement payment (09/15)
Jay Daniels discusses some of the problems affecting the distribution of the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

Sen. Tester applauds approval of final Cobell settlement payout (09/12)
The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee had been pushing for the payments to be sent out as soon as possible.

Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment (09/11)
The Trust Administration Class payments will total $941.6 million and the base payment will be $869, according to a motion filed in federal court.

Native Sun News: Final Cobell payment might 'almost' be ready (09/11)
According to the Garden City Group, the long awaited payment of the historic Cobell lawsuit can be expected in 3-5 weeks.

Cobell buy-back program includes base offer of $75 for interests (09/10)
One person's interest on the Flathead Reservation in Montana was appraised at just 52 cents so the base payment creates an incentive.

DOI expands Cobell buy-back program to four more reservations (09/08)
Since the program started last winter, DOI has successfully concluded $103 million in transactions and has transferred nearly 265,000 acres to tribal governments.

Final payments from Cobell settlement closer to being distributed (09/04)
Checks could be sent out by the end of September and will take 5 to 7 days to reach beneficiaries.

Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back (08/29)
Responses are due October 10, the Interior Department said in a press release.

DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations (08/28)
The offers went out to more than 4,000 landowners on the Gila River Indian Community and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Cobell buy-backs could return over 38K acres to tribe in Montana (08/28)
Starting next week, tribal members will be receiving offers to sell their fractionated interests.

Tim Giago: Greedy lawyers and government ruin Cobell settlement (08/27)
The process of settling the so-called Cobell settlement has turned into a joke.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes see $7.4M for buyback (08/21)
Tribal members will finally see offers to sell their fractionated interests as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Still no word on Cobell payments as end of August approaches (08/20)
The final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement remains in limbo.

David Gipp from UTTC joins Cobell scholarship board of trustees (08/13)
The five-member board is overseeing the distribution of scholarships to Indian students.

Native Sun News: Cobell checks could be ready by end of month (08/08)
In a letter written to stake holders, Class Counsel for the Cobell settlement, David Smith and Bill Dorris, implied that if the Department of Interior does their part, checks could be in the mail by August 30.

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