Land Trust Lawsuit - Indian -
Indian Land Trust Lawsuit
On December 12, 2012, the court gave a green signal to commence distribution of payments to American Indians as per the $3.4 billion Indian land trust lawsuit settlement between tribes and the federal government. Federal Judge Thomas Hogan of Washington, D. C., permitted Atlanta-based law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, which represented the litigants, to start the first round of distribution. About 350,000 beneficiaries of 41 native Indian tribes across the United States are expected to receive $1,000 checks. The payments are to be given as part of the 2009 Indian land trust lawsuit settlement, which was filed by Elouise Cobell, a Montana banker, in 1996, alleging mismanagement of land trust royalties by the federal government.