June 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius just three years before freeing ...[read more]
June 18, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 that the federal government is not immune from a lawsuit by a citizen to prevent a particular use of "Indian Lands" retained in trust by the government. In Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak the government approved the granting ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a $3.4 billion settlement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia approved the settlement last June—the largest in... ...[read more]
April 24, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak on US sovereign immunity in suits involving "trust or restricted Indian lands." David Patchak filed suit to prevent the Secretary of the Interior from holding land in trust for a ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a $1.023 billion settlement with 41 American Indian Tribes Wednesday. The announcement comes following a 22-month negotiation period after the tribes alleged in a class action that the DOI and the Department of ...[read more]
April 9, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 9, 2010, US District Judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time to reach a decision on a $3.4 billion settlement against the government brought on behalf of Native Americans for mismanagement of trust funds. The settlement would mark the end of a 14-year legal battle and the ...[read more]
October 17, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Elouise Cobell, who successfully led plaintiffs in the Indian trust class action lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior (DOI), died from cancer Sunday at age 65. The resulting $3.4 billion settlement for mismanaged Indian land royalties was the largest settlement in US government ...[read more]
October 7, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ruled that challengers of the $3.4 billion settlement agreement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit will not be required to put up a bond before proceeding with appeals, clearing the way for appeals of the ...[read more]
June 22, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. The suit has been underway for 15 years, with a federal judge approving of the most expensive class-action settlement against the US ...[read more]
December 1, 2010
by Ann Riley
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 256-152 to authorize settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) mismanaged funds held in trust for American ...[read more]

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