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Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans

Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native AmericansBackstory In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 500,000 Native landowners. Cobell’s lawyers argued that the federal government had deprived them of at least $170 billion in mineral royalty payments on reservation land, due to over a century of mismanagement by the ...

Montana Lawmakers question delay in payments from Cobell settlement

Montana Lawmakers question delay in payments from Cobell settlementSen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) want to know why payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement haven't been distributed. Checks were anticipated before Christmas in 2013. But that didn't happen and the Garden City Group, the administrator of the settlement, promised payments in early 2014. Four months into ...
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