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The $3,400,000,000 settlement was reached in June, 2009. It's the largest payment American Indians have ever received from the U.S. government. Among the payments,
It provides a
payment to every individual with
a trust account and
accepting the settlement, Cobell had to
consider the chances of winning a greater sum.
While the plaintiffs
estimated they were owed as much
a harsh reality
stared them in the face.
"Time takes a toll, especially on elders living in abject poverty," Cobell said in a 2009 interview. "Many of them died as we continued to struggle to settle this suit. Many more would not survive long to see a financial gain, if we had not settled now."
In 2000, Cobell was declared a warrior of the Blackfeet Nation and presented with an eagle feather, an honor reserved in modern times almost exclusively for U.S. military veterans.
U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus have also introduced legislation to award Elouise Cobell the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold Medal is considered the most distinguished recognition that Congress bestows.
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