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Here Ye Here Ye Native Americans! $$ headed your way...

 
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11/30/2012 07:07 PM
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Here Ye Here Ye Native Americans! $$ headed your way...
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You probably already know this, but just in case you don't....looks like some $$ is headed your way....


Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.

The case was brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans in 1996.

On South Dakota's Native American reservations, reactions are mixed. The checks will help Native Americans deal with the challenges of intense poverty during the cold winter months, but some say the government is still shortchanging those who were cheated out of royalties for decades.


Ben Good Buffalo of Red Shirt, S.D., an isolated community nestled in the Badlands of the Pine Ridge Reservation, is one of thousands of Native American trust landowners who could get a check before Christmas. Good Buffalo says many will spend their share of the Cobell settlement to heat their homes.

"This house has so many cold winds coming in the winter; the propane that we use is just gone," says Good Buffalo.

This case is rooted in the fact that land owned by tribal residents isn't theirs alone — Native American lands are held in trust by the federal government. So any royalties — from, say, an oil well, gold mine or even livestock grazing — are managed by the government. But for more than a century, Washington wasn't paying Native Americans the money they were owed.
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Re: Here Ye Here Ye Native Americans! $$ headed your way...
bump
Libra II
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11/30/2012 08:44 PM
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Re: Here Ye Here Ye Native Americans! $$ headed your way...
So much cash earned on murdering the Indians for the USA and Europe, yet no one wants to pay out. The Europeans owe the Indians just as much as the USA, but which nation will be the first to admit it?
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Yeah, so much money held in trust by the BIA disappeared.
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