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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-17-11 10:22 AM
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Elouise Cobell, Advocate For Native Americans Dies At 65- Obama DOJ Reached Settlement Agreement ...
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Elouise Cobell, a lead plaintiff in a landmark class action in Washington who had long advocated for Indian trust reform, died late Sunday in Great Falls, Montana. A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, Cobell was 65. She died of complications from cancer.

Cobell was the name plaintiff in a suit filed in 1996 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that demanded the government perform an accounting of billions of dollarsflowing from oil and gas leases, among other sourcesheld in trust in individual Indian money accounts.

The plaintiffs, led by a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton team and Washington solo Dennis Gingold, reached a $3.4 billion settlement in December 2009. Some 500,000 Native Americans stand to receive compensation through the deal.

President Barack Obama and top U.S. Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., heralded the settlement. Obama said the deal marked an important step towards a sincere reconciliation between the trust beneficiaries and the federal government.

Obama said in a statement today that "Cobell helped to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian Country, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, and all those who mourn her passing."


read: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2011/10/elouise-cobel...

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