NCAI Praises Passage of Cobell Settlement in U.S. Senate, Calls for Immediate Passage in House

Published on Nov 19, 2010

“One Step Closer to Settling Historical Injustice” says National Congress of American Indians

(Nov. 19, 2010) Albuquerque, New Mexico – The United States Senate has passed the long awaited $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement brought by American Indian plaintiffs.  Praising its passage, the leadership of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, has called for a swift passage of Cobell in the House.

“The passage of the Cobell Settlement in the Senate brings tribal nations and the federal government one step closer to settling this historical injustice,” said Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians. “We urge the House to pass this legislation and send it to the President’s desk for final signature.  NCAI is also encouraged by the passage of several important tribal water settlements.  Congratulations to Indian Country for these important steps forward.”

The National Congress of American Indians statement comes at the conclusion of the organization’s 67th Annual Convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  During NCAI’s Convention the Obama Administration made history by announcing to tribal leaders the second Tribal Nations Summit to be hosted by the President.  The Tribal Nations Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. on December 16, 2010.

Read the press release about the Tribal Nations Summit:


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