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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Cobell_Trust_Fund, Native_Americans )

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Last week, the Senate passed legislation that approves the Cobell trust fund case, clearing the way for half a million Native Americans to receive the money that the federal government owes them for the use of their land.


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Carole S (338)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:40 pm

Thank you! Your lobbying has made a difference. Last week, the Senate passed legislation that approves the Cobell trust fund case, clearing the way for half a million Native Americans to receive the money that the federal government owes them for the use of their land. The bill was passed by "unanimous consent" in an expedited process. Please let you senators know you celebrate final passage of this bill.

Simone D (1462)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:42 pm
Wonderful to read such wonderful news ! Thank You Carole.

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:02 pm
Well, I hope that this will not give the government more undisclosed use of Native Land. I don't trust any of them, meaning the current government people. Cannot tell the fakes from the real ones.

Carole S (338)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:05 pm

You're not alone in that sentiment, Judith.

Native Americans have been lied to for centuries . . . but the rest of the American population is catching up.

Cher C (1424)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:07 pm

Thnx for posting sweetie!!!


Hugh M (75)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:07 pm
Just! I am so happy about this. It is a great thrill. Thanks for letting me know. All your hard work has surely contributed to the rise in consciousness that allowed this to happen. I congratulate you and your people. If I could send big hugs to all the Indian nations i would but you will have to do, There's a huge cuddle coming your way.

Henry P (171)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:08 pm
Thanks for the post Carol

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:22 pm

Thank you Carole

Kathy B (106)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:37 pm
Thanks for sending me this bright bit of good news Carole.

Sally Ann G (256)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:41 pm
Thank you Carole

William K (308)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:44 pm
That's really good news. I wonder what 200+ years of back-rent on the continental US plus Hawaii and Alaska would come out to per month, per capita?

Michael Carney (217)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:45 pm
Pleased as I am to hear this, I won't believe it, until I hear that every last person, got their money...

Carole S (338)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:46 pm

I hear ya, Michael!

Robert S (111)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:50 pm
Very pleased to hear this.

Evelyn Z (300)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:10 pm
Thanks Carole

Linda G (187)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:14 pm
Good news at last. I can't believe the senate actually got something accomplished. Thanks for sharing with us, Carole.

Mary Coleman (148)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:21 pm
VERY COOL!!! thanks for posting carole!!! :)

Yvonne White (229)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:36 pm
YAY! About freakin' time!:)

Deb E (63)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:36 pm
Very happy to read this, but I'm a skeptic, too, I'm afraid. Another bill that was passed unanimously way back in 1978 was never upheld, so I sure hope and pray that this happens, Carole. At least it was passed, and so now there is something to fight with if they don't follow through. Thanks for sharing the good news.

Carole S (338)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:37 pm

Thanks, Yvonne (my friend).

I hate to rain on my own parade . . . but, we'll see.

Carole S (338)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:38 pm

So true, Kitty!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:18 pm
Great news Carole!
Right on William!

Jae A (316)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:30 pm
Thank you Just Carole. Your effortd were not in vein. True, many of us do not trust them and for good reasons ...200 years worth of them. It's the following through as Kitty G. pointed out that we will all be waiting for. For right this moment though.....fantastic !!!!

Thankds for everything you do Just Carole. the world ready does have a friend in you.

Carmen S (69)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:10 pm
Hip, Hip, Hooray. It is about time.

Joy Wong (100)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:00 am
Noted, thanks.

Charlie L (47)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:44 am
Noted, t.u. just. Congratulations. I'm so happy to hear of this. In case they have any ideas about not following through with this maybe we need to remind them that we are going to be watching them very closely. The fact that they have gone back on their word so many times demands utmost diligence to make sure they don't do it again.

chris b (2474)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:15 am
It's been a long time coming I wonder if the Government would be so long winded in pursuing an overdue tax payment to them! You bet not they would have you in court before sun up!

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:21 am
Yes Charley, I agree. We should send a thank you letter and impart the knowledge that they will be watched.

Ben O (130)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:41 am
Thank You Dearest Carole,
great news - too good to be true...???
I'm skeptical of course, but hope that I'm wrong this time!

Charmaine C (177)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:21 am
Very good news indeed. Hooray!

Sandrea S (278)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:31 am
Good to hear!!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:41 am
I, too share all above mentioned emotions including the sceptical ones, and particularly Williams question. It may be too early for a woo hoo celebration, so just thanks Carole for the moment of good news!

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:33 am
Better late than never just like the US Government in WW1 and WW2!

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:35 am
Thomas C took the words out of my mouth, TY for teh post "C"

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:04 am
This is good news, but is it just another lie?

Marty H (119)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:07 am
Great news, thanks Carole!

Tierney G (381)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:34 am
Thanks Carol just heard this news this morning and I thanked my legislators :)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:01 am
Noted, thanks for the (seemingly) good news...afraid I am a skeptic also given the government's track record with Native Americans. At least we can be thankful for this first step.

Karen S (106)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:09 am
That's great news!........just bracing myself to see what the strings (if any) might be.

Carole S (338)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:15 am

Wow, if the comments here (including my own) don't say a lot about the general consensus of distrust of the government, nothing does!

I agree with everything said here, including the fact that I keep waiting for the other government shoe to drop.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:42 am
VERY VERY GLADLY Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:49 am
This is such great news. Now we wait to see if they fund it, that is always the stickler. Thanks for the good news, my friend.

Barbara D (70)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:38 am
At last, a step in the right direction!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:56 am
I hate to ask the obvious but...any interest being paid on that? Good news Carole, and thanks for letting us know.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 9:12 am
It is about time that the first nations of the US have finally been compensated for the many wrongdoings that have been bestowed upon them. This is truly a great feather for them.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 9:35 am
Noted and thanks Carole .
Finally some good news as long as Repugs keep their greedy hands off this .

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:17 am
Noted, thanks for the good news Carole.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:30 am
Great post Carole, Thank you very much,
Happy thanksgiving :)

Trish K (93)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:42 am
Signed and sent this message to Senators Kerry and Brown of Massachusetts re: Cobell Trust Fund
The People have waited a very long time for this. It is important to me that the congress has the power to right wrongs made upon native peoples. Being a room full of ethical gentlemen, leaders and father figures is
important to all americans. Yelling, name calling and obstruction are the tools of Bullies.
You have lead by example for the good. Score one for the people and thank you.

Amena Andersson (187)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:57 am
Makes Thursday celebrations worth celebrating. Many thanks, Carole. :)

Mac R (289)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:02 pm
Finally! Something to celebrate! Thanks Carole!

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:06 pm
thanx Just Carol, which half of million Natives will get this? Also, when will they get it? How many Natives do the feds recognize? Blessings!!

Christine A (57)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:33 pm
Good news, Carole! Let us hope this is 'followed through' and not relegated to the 'back burner' like so many other good intentions. I have very little faith in governments, but would be pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong in this case! At any rate it is a positive step. The land was taken from Native Americans either by force or by trickery and it is high time for them to be compensated.

Linda h (86)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:48 pm
Great news! Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:42 pm
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator George LeMieux (R-FL)
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Took forever to do the right thing, and still the monies were cut back. But at least some of the monies are being paid. Yes, thankful for that at least.
Chan Tlalok brought up a good point, who will receive this money, as so many deserve it, yet due to scams in the past by the Federal Govt., many Indians have been taken out of the equation.

Susan Pernot (75)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 4:04 pm
Awesome news its about time, I hope it is put to good use.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 4:39 pm
Love good news , thanks !!

Teddy Bear B (62)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 4:57 pm
Well done Carole - everyone seems very concerned with the predictable outcome, so maybe a letter naming all who voted for this expressing both congratulations and your concerns?

Pat B (356)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:33 pm
This is great news!!! Thank you, Carole for this!

Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:54 pm

Nancy Anderson (21)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 9:28 pm
Great news! Thanks for sharing it. Noted

Lisa H (180)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 12:44 am
Yes, too little, too late, but at least its a step. Now the tribes will have grounds for lawsuit when the money does not follow.. Thanks Carole for this important victory!

Anna Smith (493)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 12:49 am
Noted Thanks Carole !

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 3:52 am
Great news Carole--thanks!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 4:20 am
spammers reported--thanx for the wonderful news story

Gary C (5)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 7:44 am
noted thankyou....

Bill C (93)
Friday November 26, 2010, 1:08 pm
Great news, Carole! And about time the government starts honoring its debts! Thanks loads for forwarding.

Norm C (74)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 2:37 am
About time.

Steve H (45)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 8:52 pm

Great! (as long is it is what it's supposed to be and not just business as usual)

Now all we have to do is double our efforts to get more of this to happen.

Thanks for posting.


Jackie W (31)
Monday December 13, 2010, 8:01 pm
Some Good News for my Native American friends. :-) Next on MY agenda: Repeal the PACT ACT!!! The U.S. Attroney in Scranton, PA.froze my fav online retailer's e-checks account on 6/22/2010; so the final legitimate orders placed before or on 6/21/2010, for Native American grown, NO chemical additives cigarettes orders could not be fulfilled. My final order payment was in the seized & frozen retailer's e-checks bank account.
FINALLY during the past circa 2+ weeks, customers can now contact the U.S. Attorney in Scranton, PA for their refunds.
The written refund request has circa 3 legal forms to be completed, including a mandatory statement, bank account info, & signature from your bank member services rep. Now, the U.S. Attorney is trying to bust customers for placing orders for cigarettes to sell and/or trade. In addition to the bank detailed info, I had to submit the bank statement showing the transaction, a copy of my order confirmation/invoice, and submit a signed form restating the cigarettes were being purchased for personal use.
Now we have both PROHIBITION for Native American grown, chemical additives free cigarettes not available in many local retail stores, and possible pending interrogations and entrapment for customers who placed LARGE FINAL legal cigarettes orders online, pre PACT ACT going into effect!

Dana H (229)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 8:09 pm
Finally! praise jesus, thanks for sharing such an awesome pick me up story lilsis- Happy Ho;idays.
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