Class Eligibility

The proposed Settlement affects individual Indians across the country, including members of most federally recognized tribes west of the Mississippi River. The Settlement includes two groups or “Classes.” An individual may be a member of one or both Classes. Most people included in the Settlement are members of both Classes. For details about the subclasses visit the FAQ, There is a historical accounting class and a trust administration class

Estimated Amount


Proof of Purchase

You must prove your class eligibility

Case Name

ELOUISE PEPION COBELL, et al.Plaintiffs vs.KEN SALAZAR, Secretary of the Interior, et al., Defendants.
Case No. 1:96CV01285-JR
United States Court for the District of Columbia

Case Summary

The Settlement resolves claims that the federal government violated its trust duties to individual Indian trust beneficiaries. The claims fall into three areas:

  • Historical Accounting Claims state that the federal government violated its trust duties by not providing a proper historical accounting relating to IIM accounts and other trust assets.
  • Fund Administration Claims state that the federal government violated its trust duties and mismanaged individual Indian trust funds.
  • Land Administration Claims state that the federal government violated its trust responsibilities for management of land, oil, natural gas, mineral, timber, grazing, and other resources.

The federal government denies all these claims. It says it has no legal responsibility for these claims and owes nothing to the Class Members.

Settlement Pool

Over 2 billion




Indian Trust Settlement
P.O. Box 9577
Dublin, OH 43017‑4877

21 responses to “Indian Trust Class Action Settlement (Last Call)”

  1. Sandra adkins says:

    Why can we not claim for our ancestry

    ADMIN – Hi Sandra,

    You can ask your question using the email provided.

  2. Pam Houston says:

    My husband has an Indian registration number and being a part of Cherokee Indian Nation…what exactly does this mean? How does he know if he qualifies?

    ADMIN – Hi Pam,

    Email the admin as instructed and ask if he qualifies.

  3. Steph says:

    How do you file a claim the website is a little complicated lol..may be right in front of my face but I don’t see it sorry to ask such a silly question cuz I’m sure it’s very easy but if you could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it

    ADMIN – Hi Steph,

    Email the admin with your information so they can verify you are a class member. They will send you a form back if you are.

  4. Wonder Lucien says:

    I have a 2012 ford focus. While I am driving it just falls dead on me going down the highway. And every time I fill my car or put gas it doesn’t want to start. The window reads out saying preparing transmission and after it says transmission ready it hesitates before it starts. I am so tired of this car

    ADMIN – Hi Wonder,

    I am sorry about your car but this page is about the Indian Trust Settlement.

    • sarah says:

      OMG!!!!!!!! Wanda needs to pay attention! What does her car has to do with this settlement?????

      • Laura says:

        Leave Miss Wanda be!!!!! Lol, maybe she’s had a long day? If us women a had a dime for every time we sent a text or message to a person it wasn’t meant for, welllllll need i go on? Prob not. Lol, peace.

  5. James Morris says:

    My wife,her brother and sister would get a 10 or 200 dollar check from the US government for the land they took from her grandmothers tribe Porch creek !!! But has my wife got older and wanted to join her tribe they told her and the other 2 siblings NO… All they wanted was help with school cost and the porch creek would not let them in if the Government would no longer recognize them !! Sad how both turned their back !!! ( Grandmother was from Lucdale Mississippi) my wife was born there !!! Mimi Martin was grand mothers name

  6. Christina Maria Caviezel says:

    My Great Great Great Great Great Grandmother was Nora Martin McGuire. She was Cherokee
    Indian. She was born in 1882 to 1908 in the state of Kentucky. As her Descent would I be able to claim her share?
    Yours Truly
    Christina Maria Caviezel

    ADMIN – Hi Christina,

    Probably not. Refer to the section titled class eligibility.

  7. Twila may Johnson says:

    Would like more information. My dad was Erval Eugene Ives. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Twila,

    You need to email the class action admin. I have no additional info above and beyond what I have already posted.

  8. Cheryl Armstrong says:

    I’m part of this.

    ADMIN – Hi Cheryl,

    Fantastic, contact the class action administrator

  9. Anthony yazzie says:

    Wanted to know if I qualify for the classes
    I’m from the Navajo nation tribe

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    Email the class action administrator using the email we provided.

  10. Lisa Orr says:

    Colvilletribal member

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    Don’t forget to email the admin to check if you are part of the settlement.

  11. Vallie says:

    Most were already contacted by their tribes and received our small parts. Cobell got millions. We got a few thousand. You had to have ndn trust land in your name.

  12. JAMES AMBURGEY says:

    I’m having 2nd thoughts about giving my SS# on the web site. How do I know this is secure and not a scam?

    ADMIN – Hi James,

    You can always contact the attorneys in charge via phone.

  13. Jessica Donovan says:

    Hi. My grandmother was Cherokee Indian. Do I qualify?

    ADMIN – Hi Jessica,

    To check if you qualify you have to write to the email we provided.

  14. Chief Running Bottom says:

    Hello, I traded my land for firewater. How do I get it back?

    ADMIN – Hi Chief,

    You are out of luck!

  15. Clifford L Nelms says:

    I’m 50percent Cherokee my land was stolen .

    ADMIN – Hi Clifford,

    I am sorry about that. If you believe you are a class member you need to contact the email we provided.

  16. Patrice Gulecki says:

    My grandfather was an Indian from the crow tribe, my mother is deceased now, and may i claim from my mother since there is no living sisters alive?

    Patrice Pank Gulecki

    ADMIN – Hi Patrice,

    You can email the administrator and have them check if you even qualify. Their email is posted above.

  17. cora miller says:

    my father passed away in 1997 I have his death certificate does he qualify for any settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi Cora,

    Contact the class action administrator using the email we provided.

  18. James chee says:

    Am I too late??

    ADMIN – Hi James,

    I believe so.

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