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Opinion: Indians want $12B of 'YOUR' money


"Your pockets are about to be picked by a small group of Indians who have hijacked the Department of Interior (DOI) with a court suit that may soon create a new Saudi Arabian like-class of U.S. millionaires whose money-making talent primarily lies in their Native American DNA.

This is no joke. Go to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs web site here and find it shut down because of the Cobell v. Norton law suit. That obscure little suit simply asks DOI to account for every dollar given Indians since 1887 (tens of millions of transactions) and guess what? The DOI has practically screeched to a halt in order to do that.

The Indian suit contends that something probably is fishy and they are owed more. Much more. The 1996 Cobell suit prompted a District Court to order the full government accounting back to 1887, which DOI Secretary Gale Norton said would take an incredible amount:

Like, $12 billion. Of taxpayer funds. YOUR money."

Get the Story:
lantosh: What Are Indians After? $13 Billion PLUS Interest (PhillyBurbs.Com 1/6)

Historical Accounting Decision:
Cobell v. Norton (November 15, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm

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