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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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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.

Deadline approaches for buyback on Rosebud Sioux Reservation (08/05)
Some $50 million in offers were made to 11,000 landowners on the reservation.

Native Sun News: Lawmakers seek distribution of Cobell checks (07/31)
Senator John Walsh (D-MT) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill last week that would streamline the Cobell Land Buy-Back program and the payment of the second and long awaited Cobell settlement payments.

Audio from House subcommittee hearing on five tribal measures (07/29)
Most of the discussion centered on a bill to authorize self-determination contracts for the Cobell land buy-back program.

House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing (07/29)
Bills address taxation of per capita payments for a Minnesota tribe, the safety of Native children, the Cobell buy-back program and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho.

KGOU: Indian Times review of news affecting Oklahoma tribes (07/28)
This week, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes leadership ruling, Cobell settlement delays and tribal climate change program.

Native Sun News: Cobell beneficiaries still waiting on payment (07/24)
Sen. John Tester seems to be experiencing the same feeling of frustration that many Native Americans across the country are feeling over the continued delays of the distribution of the second Cobell settlement payments.

Jay Daniels: Land consolidation program isn't really working (07/22)
Jay Daniels takes issue with the handling of the $1.4 billion Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cobell buy-back agreements come with little money for tribes (07/17)
The starting figure for discussions is about $500,000, a top Interior Department official said.

Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI (07/16)
Indian beneficiaries are still waiting on the final payment from the $3.4 million settlement.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs agreement for Cobell buy-back (07/16)
The reservation is the second-most fractionated in Indian Country.

Garden City Group executive to testify at SCIA's Cobell hearing (07/15)
The firm has faced criticism for delays in the final payment from the $3.4 million trust fund settlement.

DOI enters Cobell land buy-back agreements with Montana tribes (07/09)
The Crow Tribe, the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Fort Peck Tribes are the latest to sign agreements.

Chuck Sams: Umatilla Tribes sign Cobell land-buy back agreement (07/09)
Chuck Sams, the editor of the Confederated Umatilla Journal, reflects on his tribe's participation in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Rep. Daines introduces bill for tribal control of Cobell buy-back (07/03)
The Indian Tribal Self-Determination in Land Consolidation Act authorizes self-determination contracts and compacts for the Cobell buy-back program.

Disputes over attorney fees in Cobell lawsuit still in mediation (07/02)
Some $13.6 million has been claimed by the Native American Rights Fund and a solo practitioner.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation hosts seminar on Cobell lawsuit (07/01)
Dennis Gingold, who worked on the case from the start, will appear on panel.

DOI puts another $2.9M from land sales into Cobell scholarships (07/01)
The late Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, insisted on a scholarship fund as part of the settlement.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs plans four hearings in July (06/30)
Hearings scheduled on five bills, Cobell land buy-back program, Indian gaming and natural disasters.

SDPR: Buy-back program offers $50M on Rosebud Reservation (06/27)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has sent out $50 million in offers on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

DOI sends out $50M in buy-back offers on Rosebud Reservation (06/25)
The deadline to accept is August 16.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes waiting on appraisals (06/19)
Tribal members could see $7.3 million for their fractionated interests.

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