Do they want 14 more years?

Idaho State Journal Editorial
Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfoot Tribe in Montana, has been trying for 14 years to get a settlement from the federal government for swindling Indian tribes out of royalties for oil, gas and grazing leases.
There’s a settlement in the works, provided tribal and government attorneys can stop squabbling. U.S. District Judge James Robertson has reluctantly granted what he says will be a final delay, to May 28, on the part of Congress to approve a $3.4 billion settlement.
“From where I sit, the settlement appears to be a win-win proposition,” Judge Robertson said at a court hearing Thursday. “It needs to be done.”
The proposed settlement calls for the Interior Department to distribute $1.4 billion to more than 300,000 Indian tribe members across nearly all 50 states. And the government also will have to spend $2 billion to buy back and consolidate tribal land broken up in previous generations and create a $60 million Indian Education Scholarship fund. Most lawsuit participants would receive at least $l,500 and many would get considerably more. That’s the largest Indian claim every approved against the U.S. government, exceeding the combined total of all previous settlement of Indian claims.
Still, there are opponents who complain the settlement favors the government and the Cobell team. And Cobell herself says “we were owed much more money.”
But she also says the fight could go on for hundreds of years. Or at least 14, and surely neither side wants that.