Who Is Eligible to Be a Cobell Settlement Class Member?


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Cobell Settlement class members include individual Indians throughout the country, specifically those who belong to most of the recognized tribes to the west of the Mississippi River, according to the Indian Trust Settlement. Claims administrative records indicate that thousands of class members' addresses are invalid, and the whereabouts of over 30,000 are listed as unknown. No new claims are possible, as the claims submission deadline was September 2013, according to Garden City Group LLC.

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Individuals may be included in one or both of the two classes named in the settlement, notes the Indian Trust Settlement. The historical accounting class includes people who were alive on September 30, 2009 and had active Individual Indian Money Accounts between 1994 and 2009 that had any cash transactions. These transactions include deposits from tribal fund distributions, trusts and federal benefits, states the Social Security Administration.

The trust administration class includes those who were alive as of September 30, 2009 and who had Individual Indian Money Accounts electronically available from the federal government from 1985 forward or who can prove ownership in trust land as of September 30, 2009. People who do not know if they are class members may contact the Indian Trust Settlement by phone, email or regular mail.

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