Deadline to submit documentation: November 27, 2017
In late 2010, the class action litigation initiated by key plaintiff Elouise Cobell v. Salazar against the Department of Interior (“DOI”) settled for $3.4 billion, and President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the reimbursement of funds to eligible class members. The final deadline for submitting documentation so that payment can be made has been set by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) as November 27, 2017. Unfortunately, thousands of people who are eligible to receive funds have yet to come forward, others have failed to keep their addresses current with the claims administrator and still others have passed away and their heirs have yet to present a death certificate and/or the necessary documentation to substantiate the right to inherit.
Are you a missing class member or claimant of the Cobell Settlement?
Garden City Group, the claims administrator for the Cobell Settlement, is seeking a number of missing class members and claimants and must receive documentation from these individuals no later than November 27, 2017. Visit www.indiantrust.com for additional information and to search the Whereabouts Unknown list for your name or the names of your friends and relatives. All questions should be directed to the claims administrator by calling 1-800-961-6109; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or sending correspondence to Indian Trust Settlement, PO Box 9577, Dublin OH 43017-4877.
Funds deposited on behalf of missing IIM account holders subject to forfeiture.
Is the DOI Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians looking for you?
Whether or not you are a missing claimant under the Cobell settlement, you might be an Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holder with interest in lands and/ or funds held by the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians (OST). OST is separately seeking current addresses for a number of IIM account holders whose whereabouts are currently unknown, including some individuals who have had Cobell payment funds deposited to their accounts. In accordance with the provisions of the Cobell settlement, the funds held for these missing individuals are subject to being forfeited and transferred to the Cobell Scholarship Fund in November or December of 2017 if they fail to update their accounts.
To find out if OST is looking for you or any of your friends or relatives, visit www.doi.gov/ost/wau and scroll down to view the OST Whereabouts Unknown list. If your name is on OST’s Whereabouts Unknown List, you may find out how to update your information by calling the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836 or writing to the Office of Special Trustee, attn: Trust Beneficiary Call Center, 4400 Masthead Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. All questions about OST’s Whereabouts Unknown List and the process for updating an address with OST should be directed to OST.