American Indians receive checks from Cobell Settlement
1/14/2013 8:07:11 AM
BY STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON – On Dec. 17, the Indian Trust Settlement Administrator issued its first checks for the Cobell Settlement to about 400,000 American Indians. 

To cut down on possible fraud and scams, the National Congress of American Indians released public service announcements for radio stations around the country.

“This settlement can benefit you, your family and your communities, but we must all be aware of the potential negative impacts. You or others may be a target for scams,” said National Congress of American Indian President Jefferson Keel in the radio PSA. “Dishonest people know about the settlement and are figuring ways to take money from you. Be aware and be watchful. If you suspect a scam, you can contact your state’s Attorney General Office of Consumer Protection or your tribe.” 

According to a press release from NCAI, a big part of the PSA is reminding Native Americans that “it’s your money. It’s Native money.”

The settlement payments are made by the Indian Trust Settlement Administrator and are being distributed in two payments with the first being $1,000 to everyone in the class.

“These payments were expected to be mailed on Dec. 17. The remaining payments will go out within six months of the first payment. $1.5 billion is slated for individuals in these initial payouts; $1.9 billion will go to repurchase fractionated interests over the next 10 years,” the release states. “A major number of the recipients are in Montana, North and South Dakota, Idaho, Washington, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Minnesota.”

Those with questions can contact the claims administrator, Garden City Group, directly by calling 1-800-961-6109 or email info@IndianTrust.com. Or mail questions to the Indian Trust Settlement mailing address is P.O. Box 9577 Dublin, OH 43017. Beneficiaries can contact the beneficiary call center at 1-888-678-6836.
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