12/14/09, Monday, on American Indian Airwaves
"Cobell Case Settled? & U.S. Ambassador Condemns Democratic Indigenous Bolivia"
Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet Nation) (http://www.cobellsettlement.com) and Keith Harper (Cherokee Nation) (http://www.kilpatrickstockton.com/attorneys/detail.aspx?ID=13797) join us for these exclusive interviews on the Cobell vs. Salazar court case. Indigenous plaintiffs, in the longest class action lawsuit against the federal government for mismanagement of the individual Indian trust recently settled with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on 12/08/09. Under the terms of the Settlement in Cobell v. Salazar, the federal government will create a $1.4 billion Trust Accounting and Administration Fund and a $2 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund. The Settlement also creates a $60 million federal Indian Education Scholarship fund to improve access to higher education for Indian youth, and it includes a commitment by the federal government to appoint a commission that will oversee and monitor specific improvements in the Department�s accounting for and management of individual Indian trust accounts and trust assets, going forward. This Settlement is believed to be the largest ever against the federal government and dwarfs the combined value of all judgments and Settlements of all Indian cases since the founding of this nation.
Kathryn Ledebur, Andean Information Network (http://www.ain-bolivia.org/), joins us for this exclusive interview on United States Ambassador Roger F. Noriega's recently published article, by the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute, titled "Evo Morales's Reelection: Democracy's Last Stand". The article can be viewed here: http://www.aei.org/docLib/No-%204-LAOg.pdf. Kathryn joins us for this exclusive segment to discuss the Obama Administration's adversarial position of undermining and saber rattling newly re-elected, democratic, Indigenous Bolivian President, Evo Morales, the Morales Administration's policies, and implementation of the newly voted Bolivian Constitution, which recognizes fundamental human rights of Indigenous Peoples.