Today's Date: March 5, 2021
Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Virus Not Detected in Human Semen   •   CIBC hosting financial webinars in support of International Women's Day   •   New York Women in Communications Launches #WOMENHEARD   •   Glennis Solutions Acquires Medication Management Software Innovator Vita-Stat   •   Recording Academy® Partners With Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to Conduct Study on Women's Represent   •   Customers Bank Backs SBA’s Stronger Support for Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors, Self-Employed Individuals, as w   •   International Women’s Day: ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergent Proudly Sponsors Dress for Success’ Your Hour,   •   Affect Study Reveals the Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workplace   •   Reliant Joins Forces With Rebuilding Together to Help Houstonians Recovering From Winter Storm Damage   •   Jeffrey M. Talpins Foundation Partners with Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) to Support the Education of New York City C   •   Forbes School of Business & Technology® Center for Women's Leadership to Host International Women's Day Events   •   Dr. Bryant Marks, Widely Acclaimed Diversity Trainer, Hosts Implicit Bias Special On E.W. Scripps TV Stations Across The Country   •   Film Festival Flix Curates Women in Cinema Collection, Highlighting Female-led Filmmaking Teams   •   Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. Announces Participation in the UBS Global Consumer and Retail Virtual Conference   •   Department of Labor and Training, SheWorks! and Polaris MEP Partner to Train Women with Skills for Global Employability and Conn   •   EWTN News Launches New TV Program   •   Make Snack Time Fun and Simple   •   FINTECH.TV Partners With EmmyⓇ Award-Winning Media Pioneer Pat Mitchell For The Launch Of Dangerous Women: Leading Onward   •   Lafarge Canada Once Again Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers   •   Analytics Insight Names 'The 10 Most Impactful Women in Technology’ in March 2021
Bookmark and Share

Settlement Over Indian Land Royalties Approved


WASHINGTON -Federal judge Thomas Hogan yesterday approved a $3.4 billion settlement in a class action that alleged U.S. officials mismanaged Indian royalties.

The class-action settlement, the largest ever approved against the U.S. government, generated more than 20 published judicial opinions and numerous appellate-court hearings.

Cobell Native American News, Indian News, Native News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, EqualityLead plaintiff Elouise Cobell claimed that for more than a century, U.S. officials systematically stole or squandered billions in royalties intended for American Indians in exchange for oil, gas, grazing and other leases.

Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, will receive $2 million, and three other named plaintiffs will receive payments ranging from $150,000 to $200,000 each.

The judge also awarded Cobell’s legal team $99 million, which some criticized as excessive.

Under the settlement, $1.5 billion will go to at least 300,000 Indian account holders.

Another $1.9 billion will be used to buy back and consolidate tribal land that has become subdivided over the years.

A scholarship fund for Indian students will get $60 million.

“The government mismanaged these resources on a staggering scale,” Judge Hogan said in his statement. “The process has gone on long enough,” he added, noting that hundreds of potential beneficiaries have died during the 15-year litigation.

In a statement, President Obama said, "After fifteen years of litigation, today’s decision marks another important step forward in the relationship between the federal government and Indian Country." He added, "Resolving this dispute was a priority for my Administration, and we will engage in government-to-government consultations with tribal nations regarding the land consolidation component of the settlement to ensure that this moves ahead at an appropriate pace and in an appropriate manner. And going forward, my Administration will continue to strengthen our relationship with Indian Country."
 


STORY TAGS: Cobell Native American News, Indian News, Native News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News