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American Indian Students to Get $60-Million in Federal Scholarships

As part of a settlement of a sweeping class-action lawsuit against the United States, American Indian students will receive about $60-million in federal scholarships to attend colleges, universities, and vocational schools, the U.S. attorney general’s office announced today. The lawsuit, known as Cobell v. Salazar, was filed in 1996 and contended that the Department of the Interior had mismanaged hundreds of thousands of individual Indian land trust accounts for more than a century. Payments totaling $1.4-billion will be divided among the more than 300,000 Indians involved in the suit.

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