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

Interview with Melvin Monette about Cobell scholarship program Interview with Melvin Monette about Cobell scholarship program (05/26)
Indigenous Education, a non-profit based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was recently selected to administer the program.
Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program (05/25)
The Bad River Band in Wisconsin, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Yakama Nation in Washington will educate landowners about the effort.
Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline (05/18)
The effort has been so successful that it is due to run out of money before a 10-year deadline imposed by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell case.
Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts (05/17)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $742.3 million into the hands of individual Indians as it restores fractionated interests to tribal governments.
Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation (05/09)
Recipients have 45 days – until June 24 -- to decide whether they will sell their fractionated interests.
Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom (05/05)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is pushing President Barack Obama to award the medal to the Blackfeet Nation woman who was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program (05/04)
Chairman Harry Barnes signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department to help facilitate purchases of fractionated interests from willing individual Indian landowners.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (05/02)
Chairman Harry Barnes will help announce a milestone for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country (05/02)
The Land Buy-Back Program returns tribal lands to tribes and furthers tribal self-governance.
Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program Three more tribes enter into cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program (04/21)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe will help facilitate sales for the program, which has so far paid more than $761 million to individual Indians.
Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer Cobell scholarship fund grows to nearly $39M with latest DOI transfer (04/12)
The scholarship is seeded with proceeds from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Cobell scholarship board chooses new entity to administer funds Cobell scholarship board chooses new entity to administer funds (03/23)
Indigenous Education steps in after the first round of about $2 million in scholarships went out to Indian students.
Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell (03/22)
The late Blackfeet Nation citizen secured a $3.4 billion settlement after fighting for the rights of individual Indians through 15 years of litigation.
Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation Harlan McKosato: Cobell buy-back program tackles fractionation (03/21)
Many Natives see humor in the fact that they receive a $2 check from the U.S. Department of Treasury for their land ownership and/or their oil and gas leases.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back (03/15)
More than 3,200 landowners received offers to sell their fractional interests on the reservation.
Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country (03/02)
One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much.
Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session  Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session (03/01)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $736 million into the hands of individual Indians.
Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement (02/01)
The tribe would only be the third in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers Fond du Lac Band expects $7.8M in Cobell land buy-back offers (01/12)
The tribe held a kick-off event to inform individual Indian landowners about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds (01/06)
Attorneys are working closely with Indian Country to find as many additional beneficiaries as possible by April 30, 2016.
DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund DOI transfers another $4M to Cobell settlement scholarship fund (01/06)
The fund boasts a balance of $35 million, money that will be used to enhance educational opportunities for tribal members across the country.
DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes DOI signs Cobell buy-back agreements with two more tribes (12/16)
The Round Valley Indian Tribes of California and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota are the latest to join the effort
DOI schedules listening session for Cobell Land Buy-Back Program DOI schedules listening session for Cobell Land Buy-Back Program (12/08)
The session will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 3, 2016.
Landowners on Lummi Nation see $4M in Cobell buyback offers Landowners on Lummi Nation see $4M in Cobell buyback offers (11/17)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put nearly $721 million in the hands of individual Indians over the last two years.
Montana governor proclaims November  5 as Elouise Cobell Day Montana governor proclaims November 5 as Elouise Cobell Day (11/06)
The Blackfeet Nation woman, who died in 2011, was the lead plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit that secured accountability for Indian Country.
Landowners from Swinomish Tribe see $3.8M for Cobell buy-back Landowners from Swinomish Tribe see $3.8M for Cobell buy-back (10/27)
Nearly 200 landowners on the reservation in Washington have received offers under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Colville Tribes expect to see $27.7M in Cobell buy-back offers Colville Tribes expect to see $27.7M in Cobell buy-back offers (10/26)
The program has put more than $714 million into the hands of individual Indian landowners.
Cobell scholarship fund now boasts nearly $30M from settlement Cobell scholarship fund now boasts nearly $30M from settlement (10/01)
The first scholarships -- totaling about $2 million -- are going out over the next several months to students representing more than 80 tribes.
Quinault Nation to see $19M from Cobell land buy-back program Quinault Nation to see $19M from Cobell land buy-back program (09/21)
The tribe recently signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department for outreach, valuation and purchase activities.
Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell (09/18)
The late lead plaintiff sought an additional $10.5 million cover expenses incurred during the course of her 15-year fight to hold the federal government accountable.
DOI signs five more cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program DOI signs five more cooperative agreements for Cobell land buy-back program (09/15)
The Cabazon Band, the Fond du Lac Band, the Ponca Tribe, the Quinault Nation and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are joining the effort.
Native Sun News: Lower Brule landowners will see Cobell offers Native Sun News: Lower Brule landowners will see Cobell offers (09/10)
According to Katherin Grounds, Senior Advisor on Tribal Relations for the Land Buy-Back Program, landowners with fractionated interests at Lower Brule will receive their offers in 2016.
Native Sun News: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe misses Cobell deadline Native Sun News: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe misses Cobell deadline (08/28)
Acting Chairman Kevin Wright announced that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe has missed the deadline for administering their Cobell Land Buy Back program.
Cobell scholarship fund now boasts nearly $20M from settlement Cobell scholarship fund now boasts nearly $20M from settlement (07/09)
The first round of recipients of the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund will be notified by mid-August of their awards.

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