Settlement

Settlement Aims To Fix 25 Years Of Tribal Funding Shortfalls

Sep 17, 2015
Antonia Gonzales / National Native News

The federal government is offering a $940-million dollar settlement in a decades long case over federal contracts with tribes.
 
The class action lawsuit that began in 1990 alleges the feds shortchanged tribes in contracts for items like law enforcement, road maintenance, forest management, housing, and education.
 
The Oglala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge brought the initial suit.  Tribal officials allege that for years the feds would promise to cover costs for approved projects, then not come through with full payments.

Cobell Settlement

Nov 29, 2012

Thousands of Native American trust landowners could see a $1000 check in the mail before the end of the year.  The money comes from a $3.4 billion settlement in the Elouise Cobell case, following 17 years of litigation over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.  However, SDPB news producer Charles Michael Ray has found that reactions to the settlement are mixed.  Ray is joined by USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks who addresses economic development in Indian Country and what the changes to the federal regulations governing building homes and

Cobell Settlement Payout Soon

Nov 28, 2012

The payout for the landmark Cobell Case may happen before Christmas. 

The $3.4 billion dollar settlement stems from 17 years of litigation over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people. 

Federal officials say they want checks of $1000- dollars to go out to more than 300,000 beneficiaries before Christmas.