The Obama administration reaches a tentative deal to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims that the government mismanaged American Indian trust funds. Details of the proposed agreement and what it could mean for tribal members, their land and their future.


  • Elouise Cobell lead plaintiff in class-action lawsuit Cobell v. Salazar; member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe.
  • Dennis Gingold lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Cobell v. Salazar.
  • Rep. Tom Cole Republican Representative for Oklahoma's 4th District; a tribal-enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation; co-chair of the House Native American Caucus.
  • David Hayes deputy secretary, Department of the Interior.

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