Cobell Deadline March 1 for Trust Administration Class Payments

Rob Capriccioso
February 27, 2013


The second Cobell settlement deadline is approaching on March 1. Indian class members must have submitted their applications for the second payments of the settlement, the trust administration class payments, by that date.

“Any claim forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2013,” according to a notice posted on, the website established by the Cobell lawyers. Claim forms can be found on the site.

In December, historical accounting class payments of $1,000 started going out to beneficiaries who had registered their correct addresses with the federal government, the Cobell lawyers and/or the Garden City Group, the settlement administration company managing the two-part settlement payments process at the direction of the overseeing court.

Some of these payments were sent to wrong addresses, so it is important to contact the Garden City Group to be sure that correct information is in place for the second payment, officials with the National Congress of Americans (NCAI) said during a January conference call with tribal representatives regarding the process.

The number for the Garden City Group is 1-800-961-6109, and their e-mail is [email protected].

NCAI officials estimated that most beneficiaries would receive about $800 under this second payment process, but some could receive more. The calculation is based on the level of activity in beneficiaries’ Indian Money (IIM) accounts, held with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The Garden City Group is expected to calculate the amount of the second payments, and the Cobell lawyers expect the payments to be sent by fall. Some $265 million of the $3.4 billion overall settlement has been released to date, according to the lawyers. Of that, $1.9 billion was released to the U.S. Department of the Interior to run a land-consolidation program over the next 10 years. Approximately $100 million was scheduled in to be divvied among the lawyers in the case. Some lawyers continue to battle over their share, according to court documents and press accounts. Lead lawyer Dennis Gingold left the case in December.

On December 17, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia appointed Judge Richard A. Levie to become a special master during the payments process. Levie will oversee appeals of payments and other issues surrounding them. Appeals questions should be directed to the Garden City Group.



Shirleen Blue M...
Submitted by Shirleen Blue M... on

So, once they have your address, you don't have to register again for your second payment? Should I register again? ThANKS

Jon Little Eagl...
Submitted by Jon Little Eagl... on

I've been waiting patiently for this payment after my sister received her's before Christmas.
I was wise in not trusting that this money would be delivered efficiently and would not be surprised if we have to start a lawsuit against Garden City Group over lost and mismanaged monies.

Rupert BullComing
Submitted by Rupert BullComing on

Has justice really been served in this 15 year battle with Government? "Justice" is definately not part of the "$3.4 billion Cobell Settlement". So what is this all about? If justice was served, the Government would give the country (USA)back to the Native Americans. Who is profitting from this whole fiasco? It seems that the Government, the Garden City Group and the Cobell lawyers are the ones with all the $Money$ and the IIM acount holders are left with the pocket change. There is no justice in this 15 year battle for the mismanagement of the $Money$. Personally, I wish that this whole mess would just go away. In the end, every injustice and mismanagement will be judged fairly by the Creator of us all. Call it expenses or whatever, but $Money$ is what this settlement is all about.
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Submitted by sacndn on

What about the scholarships? We need information on the scholarships associated with the settlement.

susan reece
Submitted by susan reece on

every one, this may be an old question since "the horse is already out of the barn" however here it is: it was determined that the cobell case uncovered an estimated 80 billion dollars in arears(the u.s.). so, if this is the case, why, why, did narf and cobell settle for a measly 4 billion dollars? in my view, we are our own worst enemy. why? we (more times than not) settle for the unacceptable. our strongest gift is our ability to wait. why? our traditions teach us to always, always honor those who have come before us and those who will come after us. our unborn. look at the lakota, they have not budged for thier "settlement" of their"Heart of Everything That IS",their Black Hills. all of us could have waited if we thought of our unborn and held up the lakotas as an example of our real strength and power. megwetch, mohawk/odawa nations

Submitted by MTOM on

I would have to agree with Jon Little Eagle, individuals that have not received $ from the first payment (Historical Accounting Class), from the Garden City Group who was entrusted by the High Courts to payout to claimants and hasn't done so to date for whatever reason, do we have to file a class action lawsuit against the Garden City Group for mismanagement of monies and Judge Richard A. Levie who was appointed to oversee the payment process for the disbursement of $$ from this Cobell case?? It wasn't bad enough that we got screwed by the U.S. Government the first time and now the second time by the Garden City Group and all other parties involved in this big, big money grab $$$.