Many Native Americans are wondering about the status of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, and when the funds will be paid to those who are eligible.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted Final Approval for the Indian Trust Settlement at the Fairness Hearing in 2011. Final Approval will become effective and payments will be distributed once all appeals have been resolved.
There are two active appeals. The first was filed by Kimberly Craven on August 6, 2011. The other is a consolidated Appeal of Carol Eve Good Bear, Charles Columbe, and Mary Aurelia Johns who are being represented by David C. Harrison. This was filed on September 30, 2011. These appeals could collectively delay payment by one year or longer.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COBELL SETTLEMENT PAYMENTS, YOU CAN:
Call Toll-Free: 1-800-961-6109
Send a letter to: Indian Trust Settlement, P.O. Box 9577, Dublin, OH 43017-4877