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February 16, 2012


Taz A. Duysak Jr.

The matter of settling for the paltry sum of $3.4 Billion is what concerns me.

The government wants these claims by Indians to go away yesterday.

Other matters that concern me is signing away the right to future claims which may arise for a one time $1,000 payment. NOTE this pay out of $1,000 amounts to $500,000,000.00. One-fourth of the amount of the settlement.

I believe this settlement should be void and that the government should be made to account for the money and resources they have held in trust for Native America for over a century. When they do the sum of $4 Billion is nothing.

Consider, in the government's eyes paying the Great Sioux Nation $17 Million for the illegal taking of the Black Hills, and adding simple interest to total $105 Million was a fair and just settlement. NOW we know that $70 Billion in gold has been extracted from the Black Hills and that it is the second largest gold strike in the history of the U.S.A.

The settlement before us today will make the Black Hills settlement pale in comparison. BELIEVE me, if they are offering $4 Billion to Indian Country, and refuse to fund or do an accounting, there is more at stake than meets the eye. The U.S.A. does NOT generously deal with Indians or tribes.

WE AS A PEOPLE, should reject the entire settlement and demand an accounting from Congress and the U.S.A. The U.S.A. has been subsidized by Native America since it formed as a union and still is to this day.

If President Obama means what he says when he wants Native America to be welcomed into the national economy, we do not need a handout nor do we want or expect a handout to participate in the economy.

VERY SIMPLY PUT, pay NATIVE AMERICA what you rightfully owe. Starting with this settlement, account for all that was taken and stolen from Native America for the past century, add the simple interest and then let us meet across a table with an accurate figure of the theft from Native America in question in this instance.

Taz A. Duysak Jr. (Lakota) President
Organization for Native American Unity
Rosebud, SD. USA. 57570
[email protected]


As I follow this appeal of the settlement, I am convinced more and more Ms. Craven is holding the disbursement process hostage in hopes of getting a bigger piece of the pie. Ms. Craven's is not a novice to the workings or our government and is not in the position to claim she did not know how to "opt out" of the settlement. She had plenty of time, and knowledge, to pursue her individual issues via the courts. But she did not. I believe she is holding the monies hostage in an effort to get a nuisance settlement to gain more monies from the rest of us trustees.

Ernest David Poafpybitty (Comanche Nation)

Let's face it, Craven has a political agenda, probably funded by the Republican party. She is not concerned with justice but in doing the will of her masters. Craven has been against the lawsuit from the very beginning. If she loses this appeal, look for her to obstruct it even further, by appealing all the way to the Supreme Court.

Teresa Crane

I would like to know like many others that are waiting for the "settlement" monies, while these appeals are going on, we sure hope our monies are going to be collecting "interest" while we are forced to wait until the appeals are completed - what date or year will that be? I feel bad for the elders who might not be alive by then

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