Important Update
(as of August 30, 2014):

The Department of Interior has provided the data needed for the Trust Administration Class distribution. GCG is currently validating this data. Once the data has been reviewed, Class Counsel will seek the final approval needed from the Court to commence distribution. GCG is prepared to commence sending out checks within three weeks as long as the Court gives final approval for the Trust Administration Class distribution. We will update the website when the first checks have been mailed. (Please note that checks may take 5-7 days to reach Class Members once they have been mailed.)

Informational Meetings

Representatives of GCG, the Claims Administrator for the Settlement, held meetings in Harlem, MT on August 19, 2014 and in Browning, MT on August 20, 2014. (Click here to view details about the meetings).

Upcoming Events in Cobell v. Salazar

As we get closer to the disbursement of the Trust Administration Class payments, we wanted to provide you an update on matters that have already occurred during the month of May and will occur over the following few weeks. (click here to read the update)

A Letter from Class Counsel

Please be assured that the Court, the Claims Administrator and Class Counsel are taking all measures necessary to make sure that Trust Administration payments are distributed as quickly as possible consistent with the terms of the settlement. (click here to read a recent letter from Class Counsel)

Interior Announces First Transfer from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Fund

Initial transfer of nearly $580,000 will fund scholarship opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students


Read the Press Release


For information about the Cobell Scholarship Program, how to apply for a scholarship, or to provide comment about disbursement polices for the Cobell Board of Trustees, go to www.collegefund.org/Cobell.

Fraud Alert: Individuals Asking for Bank Account Information

Individuals have represented themselves as part of the Cobell Settlement and contacted one or more class members to obtain bank account information. Please be advised that these individuals are not acting on behalf of the Cobell Settlement. No one associated with the Cobell Settlement will ever request your bank account information.

If you receive a call requesting such information or you are concerned about a call you receive, please write down the phone number and contact the Garden City Group at 1-800-961-6109 or David Smith and Bill Dorris, Class Counsel, at 1-866-383-6554.

Heirs to Estates: Documents Needed

If you establish a decedent is a class member you need to provide documentation which directs distribution of the funds. The Court has ordered that the following documents are acceptable:
  • A state or tribal probate order identifying the heirs to the estate;
  • Documentation showing the appointment of an Executor, Administrator, or Personal Representative of the Estate;
  • A last will and testament that has been approved through a probate order;
  • A valid small estate document from an approved state;
  • A federal probate order that directs distribution of trust funds or trust lands.
For more information click here

Update Your Contact Information

If your address has changed or if it changes in the future, it is important you update your information with the Claims Administrator. If you wish to update your mailing address or your email address on record with the Claims Administrator, please choose one of the options below:

Scholarship Fund Information Affidavit of Small Estate Land Buy Back Program
The settlement authorizes over $60 million dollars in scholarships for Indian students. Get the Facts and learn how you may benefit. To allow for expedited payments to estate heirs the Special Master has approved small estate affidavits. The rules differ from state to state. Find out more here. Part of the Settlement will be used for purchase of fractionated land interests. For more information on the Department of the Interior's Land Buy Back, click here.