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Congressional Hearing On How Effective Is Cobell Settlement

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Congressman Steve Daines wants to know how effective the Department of Interior is handling the Cobell Settlement.

The settlement comes from a 1996 class action lawsuit against the government after Montana tribes found money collected for Indian trust accounts were not being used for their intended purpose.

Part of the settlement was a buy-back program, allowing landowners to receive payments for voluntarily selling their land, which will be turned over to tribes, consolidating highly-fractioned land.

Now the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, of which Daines is a member, will hold a hearing to see how the Department of Interior is handling the Cobell Settlement.

Daines said the government has been slow to implement the settlement and Montana's Native American tribes deserve more.

"Our Montana tribes deserve transparency from the Department of Interior as it relates to this land buyback program and how it is being implemented," said Daines.

The hearing is scheduled for April 3 at 2 p.m. in Washington D.C.

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