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Reporting from Native America

May 29, 2016
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Monday, June 20

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Indian royalties in a case that represents the largest class-action settlement ever approved against the U.S. government.

Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., claimed in the 15-year-old suit 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.

Monday, June 20

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A hearing is planned Monday on the fairness of a $3.4 billion settlement reached in a lawsuit that claimed the government mismanaged the accounts of hundreds of thousands of American Indian landowners.

The hearing in Washington, D.C., comes six months after lawmakers approved the settlement and a federal judge granted preliminary approval of the deal in December. The lead plaintiff in the 15-year-old class-action lawsuit is Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe.

Monday, May 16

Elouise Cobell is recuperating after undergoing successful cancer surgery, according to statement issued Monday.

Cobell, the lead plaintiff in $3.4 billion Cobell v. Salazar American Indian trust settlement, is with her family following the surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the statement reads.

Cobell told the Associated Press that she was diagnosed with cancer recently but declined to say what type. She told the AP that she underwent surgery on April 22 and is planning to return to Montana after she gets her strength back, possibly next week.

Tuesday, April 5

Attorneys in the government's $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians over mismanaged royalties are "stonewalling" a congressional panel as they ask a judge to more than double their fees in the case, the committee's chairman said Tuesday.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is co-sponsoring legislation to cap the attorneys' fees at $50 million.

Friday, February 25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers representing Native Americans helped win a record $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government.

Now they want a judge to double their fees.

Instead of being paid up to $99.9 million, as initially agreed, attorney Dennis Gingold says he other lawyers deserve at least $224 million for their work on the case since 1996.

Wednesday, January 26

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A court-appointed media company has started a campaign to notify hundreds of thousands of Native Americans they may be beneficiaries of a $3.4 billion settlement.

Last month, a federal judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement over mismanaged money accounts held in trust by the federal government for Indian landowners. The settlement is the result of a 14-year lawsuit by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont.

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