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Government Owes 30,000 Indians Royalties for Land but Can’t Find Them

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 12th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 12th, 2014

Ervin Chavez remembers hearing talk around the Navajo reservation when he was young of money owed to American Indian families by the federal government for land debts.

Now 60, Mr. Chavez is one of the recipients of a $3.4 billion settlement that is being paid to Indians across the West, over royalties for land that was held in trust by the government and never reimbursed in full.

But as the payments are being made, more than 100 years after the trust program began, tens of thousands of Indians who are owed money cannot be located.

“A lot of people out here don’t even know that they have an allotment,” said Mr. Chavez, who lives on the Navajo reservation’s edge in New Mexico. “It was something their grandparents or parents had always taken care of, and they had no idea they had ownership of land.”

Read more on the story from New York Times.


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Donnisha Mosley

The people that you dislike so much are the native people but for some reason we were given the name African Americans

Cheryl

Do you paper trail and prove it, I did

Francois-Marie Patorni

I am writing a book on the history of the French in New Mexico. I have very little information about Jean Grenier, fur trapper working with Pierre L’Esperance in 1814 and Jean Grenier, Indian agent for Santa Fe. On July 1, 1852, he signed a treaty with the native Apache leaders Capitan Vuelta, Cuentas Azulesm Blancito, Negrito, Capitan Simon, and Mangus Colorado in order to bring peace to the region. For a short time (1853-1854), he held the 69,000 thousand acres Ortiz Mine Grant. Please contact me at [email protected] or through my website http://www.newmexicofrenchhistory.com Thank you.

JERRI JEAN GRENIER

I KNOW THAT MY FATHER WAS FULL BLOOD SIOUX AND I AM HALF SIOUX OUR FAMILY WAS FROM ROSEBUD SOUTH DAKOTA BUT I HAVE NO PAPER TRAIL CAN SOME ONE HELP ME THANKS JERRI JEAN GRENIER

DOROTHY MINCHOFF

YES I HAVE ALL MY GRANDFATHERS MAPS OF HIS LAND . MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY , NOW I HAVE ALL HIS PAPERS, HE HAD LEASED SOME TO A RANCHER THERES JUST SO MUCH I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGAN.MY GRANDFATHER WAS FROM OKLAHOMA,HE;S CHOCTAW .HE PASSED AWAY IN 1954 .NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO.

D. MINCHOFF

THAN K YOU

trixxy taber

My mom was born in Arizona and was adopted by a family in Illinois. We have been trying to open her s footing records only to be told we are not allowed to do so. How do you past all the red tape?

mercy

How do I get a hold of the money I think I’m owed? I am full blooded apache from AZ, I got a land claim check when I was 18…I heard I have to prove my claim of being apace..:/

BRENDA

MY FATHER WAS MODOC FROM MODOC COUNTY CALIFORNIA LAND OF CAPTN JACKS LAST STAND, HAD TO FIND MUCH OF ANYTHING ON THE MODOCS AS THEY WERE AT ONE TIME ALL MOVED TO OK THROUGHT THE TRAIL OF TEARS SOME RETURNED HOME SOME STAYED IN OK TERRITORY, I WAS ADOPTED AT APPROX. 18 MOS BEEN TRYING TO FIND MY DAD AND HIS FAMILY ANY SUGGESTIONS

teresa conley

my grandmother was Cherokee indian but can’t prove it because her stepfather signed her birth record ant thing else I can do.i new her my hole life and she looks and said she was any ideals?????

MSLESLY

MY COMMENT IS ABOVE……

MSLESLY

MY HUSBAND IS FULL BLOODED APACHE…..YA DONT HEAR TOO MUCH ABOUT APACHE AT ALL, ANYWHERE…..

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