Thursday, December 14, 2006

New Judge in Cobell Case

"We want to see this case resolved quickly. We will work in good faith with Judge Robertson to end this century-long injustice that the government has done to Native people."
Elouise Cobell, Lead Plaintiff in Cobell v. Kempthorne


New Cobell judge has experience with DOI
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The new judge for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit has experience with the Interior Department, though it hasn't always been a positive one.U.S. District Judge James Robertson has sat on the bench since 1994, after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. In those years, he has several Indian law disputes on topics like land-into-trust, gaming and sovereignty.But it's a recent case on federal recognition that tested Robertson's patience with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He blasted the agency for failing to make a timely decision on the petition for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe."The people involved in making the decisions at the BIA have completely lost track of the whole concept of deadlines," Robertson said at a February 2005 hearing.

Here's a link to the entire history of this case (including all documents filed):


Anonymous said...

great new blog, Congratulations Faye!

Vicky Santana

Anonymous said...

ok, so i checked it out--it is definitely you. great job, faye!