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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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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.

ICT interview with Sen. Walsh about delayed Cobell payments (06/18)
Bill seeks to distribute final payment and allow the investment of $1.9 billion land consolidation fund.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe waiting on appraisals for Cobell buy-back (06/13)
Tribal members will see a total of $4.1 million if they accept offers from the Interior Department.

Elmeretta Blackbird: End delay in Cobell settlement payment (06/12)
Elmeretta Blackbird calls for an immediate distribution of the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

DOI allocates $4.1M on Cobell buy-back for Coeur d'Alene Tribe (06/11)
Tribe is holding meetings this month to inform landowners about the program.

DOI plans to spend $12M in buy-back funds for Umatilla Tribes (06/10)
The tribe has already identified 400 parcels of highly fractionated interests.

Cobell attorneys schedule meetings with beneficiaries in Alaska (06/09)
Final payment from $3.4 billion settlement remains delayed.

Lawmakers want tribes to run Cobell land buy-back program (06/06)
Deadline to spend $1.9 billion in land consolidation funds ends in November 2022.

Sen. Tester calls for speedy distribution of Cobell settlement (06/05)
More than 490,000 Indian beneficiaries are owed money from the second portion of the settlement.

Cobell settlement checks expected within next three months (06/03)
Indian beneficiaries have been waiting more than a year for the final payment.

Tim Giago: Cobell settlement is a massive case of incompetence (06/02)
The Cobell lawyers didn’t have the patience and sadly, many Indian people didn’t have the patience to see the suit taken to a just conclusion.

Cobell team to meet with beneficiaries in Oklahoma next week (05/30)
Meetings will take place in Anadarko, Durant and Red Rock.

Judge approves distribution of second Cobell settlement check (05/30)
Payments can be made to Indian beneficiaries while appeals continue.

DOI enters Cobell buy-back agreements with three more tribes (05/29)
Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Umatilla Tribes and Gila River Tribes are latest to sign agreements.

DOI sets agenda for Cobell buy-back listening session on May 29 (05/23)
Deputy Secretary Michael Connor will lead the session in Portland, Oregon.

DOI extends Cobell buy-back program on Pine Ridge Reservation (05/20)
Deadline to accept offers has been extended to July 21.

DOI looks to spend $100M on Navajo Nation for Cobell buy-back (05/19)
Navajo is among 21 reservations that are being targeted in the next phase of land consolidation.

Tex Hall: Distribute minimum payments from Cobell settlement (05/19)
A minimum payment of $800 could be sent to Indian beneficiaries immediately.

Long-delayed Cobell payments range from $850 to nearly $10M (05/19)
More than 490,000 Indian beneficiaries are waiting for their second payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

Black Farmers Association leader sues for share of Cobell fees (05/16)
John Boyd lobbied the Obama administration and Congress to pass a bill that included the $3.4 billion settlement.

DOI targets 21 reservations for next phase of Cobell buy-back (05/16)
So far, Indian landowners have accepted $61.2 million for their fractionated interests.

DOI to announce next steps for Cobell land buy-back program (05/14)
So far, more than $100 million in offers have been extended as part of a land consolidation program.

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