Kevin Gover: What Me Worry?
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MAY 1, 2001

California Lawyer Magazine's current issue features an article about the Cobell v. Norton lawsuit in which former Assistant Secretary Kevin Gover questions the plaintiff's monetary settlement request.

The plaintiffs, led by Blackfeet Nation of Montana banker Elouise Cobell, have said settlement of the trust funds would cost the government around $10 billion. Gover in response says the amount is unreasonable in light of the nature of most of the estimated 300,000 account holders.

"Sixty percent of the trust accounts are worth less than $25 a year," Gover told California Lawyer. "It's not as if Indian country would be prosperous if all the money had been paid. A settlement is not going to change the way the reservation Indians live."

Get the Story:
The Billion Dollar Payback (California Lawyer Magazine 5/1)

Relevant Links:
Trust Management Improvement Project -
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -
Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations -

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