March 30, 2007

Feds slap beneficiaries in face

Cobell balks at feds' offerCobell said that while she should be happy that the government put a proposal on the table, it "is so absurd it cannot really be called a settlement offer."

Cobell said $7 billion is insufficient to settle the Cobell case alone, especially since the money would be paid out over 10 years without interest. But the government wants to use the money to "buy much, much more" than settling her suit, she said.

She especially objected to eliminating future government liability.

"This is in no uncertain terms a license to steal," she said.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
And well she might, since the money lost and somehow became 'unaccountable' from the government Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians had been raided for some $350 billions by President Reagan in 1985. Congress had voted to cut off funding for Reagan's pet project of continuing the resistance fighters in Nicaraugua. His administration wanted to keep that failing effort alive and so the deed was done.
Such an act much is in keeping with the US Government's regard for Native existence. And of course, the government would wish to reserve such an action for perpetration in future times, as Native oil lease and mineral monies have become quite expansive...
All Best
Russ Bates