Cobell Settlement Finally Becomes Law

Statement by the President on H.R. 4783

Today I have signed into law H.R. 4783, the "Claims Resolution Act of 2010." This Act, among other things, provides funding and statutory authorities for the settlement agreements reached in the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans; the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers; and four separate water rights suits, brought by Native American tribes. While I am pleased that this Act reflects important progress, much work remains to be done to address other claims of past discrimination made by women and Hispanic farmers against the Department of Agriculture as well as to address needs of tribal communities.

I am also pleased that the Act includes authorities proposed by my Administration concerning Unemployment Compensation program integrity, to expand the ability of the Federal Government to recover from individual income tax overpayments certain Unemployment Compensation debts that are due to an individual's failure to report earnings. My Administration has been working to protect taxpayer funds through improved recovery of improper Federal payments, and the additional authorities in this Act will assist in that effort. In order to ensure that the intent and effect of these program integrity provisions are realized, my Administration is working with the Congress to correct an inadvertent technical drafting error in section 801(a)(3)(C), so that the provision can be implemented as intended.



December 8, 2010.


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John Daniel Vavalis - December 16, 2010 11:45 AM

I am an Alaskan Indian,would I be eligible for Cobell monies?

Editor - December 16, 2010 12:02 PM

John, you may be eligible for a Cobell settlment payment if: 1) You have an Individual Money Account that the government manages, or 2) You own a portion of former Tribal land. Those are the two primary things for which the government will be paying cash to Native Americans under this settlement.

The settlement also sets up some new federal programs and scholarships, so people who are interested in those benefits should watch here for more news on that, which we'll post as soon as it's announced. Thanks for reading,

Greg Guedel

Sherry Blair - January 4, 2011 6:30 AM

I'm Sioux and signed up with the rosebud reservation. Am I eligible?

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