American Indians Win Settlement

by Ron Forthofer and Rich Williams - CPT-Colorado Regional Group

Participants in last September’s Christian Peacemaker Congress in Denver, Colorado wrote post cards supporting Blackfeet tribal member Elouise Cobell’s class action lawsuit which sought $47 billion from the U.S. government for oil, gas, grazing, timber and other wealth taken from American Indian lands.  In December, after 13 years, the government finally settled the suit for $3.4 billion.  The ruling confirms that the Department of Interior failed to keep appropriate accounting of billions of dollars in Indian trust funds.  While the settlement amount won’t go very far, Cobell hopes it will bring “significant and permanent reform” in the way American Indian’s money is managed.For more information: http://goo.gl/70A5.