Information on how Pine Ridge residents can share in the recently approved $3.4 billion settlement of Indian Trust claims will be discussed at a Wednesday, Feb. 23, meeting in Kyle.

Attorneys Dennis Gingold, Alex Pearl and Rob Harmala from Washington will discuss the settlement at Oglala Lakota College, Pejuta Haka College Center, 101 Main Street at 4:30 p.m.

Native Americans whose families have individual Indian money trust accounts or who own individual Indian trust land are welcome to attend the meeting and ask questions about the settlement.

In December, President Obama signed legislation ending the 15-year-old class action lawsuit that Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, and other Native Americans filed against the government in 1996.

The settlement acknowledges that the federal government mismanaged individual Indians' trust accounts.

Under the settlement, the federal government is creating create a $1.4 billion Accounting/Trust Administration Fund and a $2 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund. The settlement also creates an Indian Education Scholarship fund of up to $60 million to improve access to higher education for Indians.

An information meeting is scheduled for the Rosebud Sioux Reservation at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sinte Gleska College in Mission. A similar meeting will be announced for Cheyenne River Reservation in the near future.




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