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Cobell Scholarship Information Page

 The American Indian College Fund was designated by the U.S. Department of Interior and the plaintiffs of Cobell v. Salazar to administer the $60 million Cobell Education Scholarship. The scholarship was created as part of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement through the vision and leadership of the late Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, who initiated a class action lawsuit in 1996 on behalf of American Indians whose trust land funds had been mismanaged by the federal government on behalf of individual Indian land owners for decades. Before her passing, Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the case, said the set-aside of funds from the settlement for a higher education would “mean a great deal… to the Indian youth whose dreams for a better life including the possibility of one day attending college can now be realized.”

The American Indian Graduate Center will administer graduate student scholarships.

For detailed information about the settlement and the land buyback program that will fund the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, visit

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