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The International Institute Of Minnesota: A Refugee Resettlement And Job Training Success Story March 30, 2012
Betty McCollum, D-MN
"The St. Paul-based International Institute of Minnesota, IIM, is one of America’s premier refugee resettlement agencies. Since 1975, IIM has sponsored and resettled more than 22,000 refugees. Their resettlement work, along with the extensive education and training programs they provide for new Minnesotans, has resulted in refugees transitioning from conflict and uncertainty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. IIM‘s work is both valuable and essential to the contributions refugees continue to make, as they become New Americans, to Minnesota’s economy and the strengths they bring to our communities."
Claims Resolution Act Of 2010 December 1, 2010
Betty McCollum, D-MN
"In 1996, Indian plaintiffs, including Eloise Cobell, filed a class action suit against the federal government for mismanagement of Indian trust land and other assets. During the 13 years that followed, courts repeatedly ruled in favor of the plaintiffs assertions that the government violated its trust responsibility, did not provide accurate accounting, and did not provide Indians with their share of the revenue from the Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts. One year ago, on December 8, 2009, the plaintiffs and the U.S. Interior and Justice Departments announced a $3.4 billion settlement for this long-running suit."
Claims Resolution Act Of 2010 November 30, 2010
Eni Faleomavaega, D-AS
"Under the Class Action Settlement Agreement that was signed on December 7, 2009, the government agrees to pay $1.4 billion to establish the “Accounting/Trust Administration Fund” for members of the class who sought to have a historical accounting of their Individual Indian Monies (IIM) accounts. In addition, the Federal Government has agreed to pay $2 billion to establish the “Trust Land Consolidation Fund” for the purpose of consolidating the fractionated trust and restricted lands."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 20, 2005
Michael DeWine, R-OH
"Reasons for the bill: the performance of the United States over the past 125 years in its capacity as trustee and manager of Indian trust and restricted lands is not something to be proud of. The policy of allotting Indian tribal lands, which was made the general Federal Indian policy in the 1880s, was one of several federal “experiments” in Indian matters that have had regrettable results both for Native Americans and for the Government. This policy of the 19th Century has come back to haunt us now in the form of fractionated ownership of allotted lands—where some parcels of land are owned by hundreds and in some cases over a thousand different Indian owners. This fractionation of ownership has led to a proliferation of individual Indian money accounts “IIM accounts,” now numbering in the hundreds of thousands, all of which the Federal Government has a trust obligation to track and manage."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 25, 2002
John Warner, R-VA
"In this Act: (1) Adult.—The term “adult” means an individual who— (A) is 18 years of age or older as of the date on which the payment roll is approved by the Community; or (B) will reach 18 years of age not later than 30 days after the date on which the payment roll is approved by the Community. (2) Community.—The term “Community” means the Gila River Indian Community. (3) Community-owned funds.—The term “Community-owned funds” means— (A) funds held in trust by the Secretary as of the date of enactment of this Act that may be made available to make payments under section 101; or (B) revenues held by the Community that are derived from Community-owned enterprises. (4) IIM account.—The term “IIM account” means an individual Indian money account. (5) Judgment funds.—The term “judgment funds” means the aggregate amount awarded to the Community by the Court of Federal Claims in Dockets Nos. 236-C and 236-D. (6) Legally incompetent individual.—The term “legally incompetent individual” means an individual who has been determined to be incapable of managing his or her own affairs by a court of competent jurisdiction. (7) Minor.—The term “minor” means an individual who is not an adult. (8) Payment roll.—The term “payment roll” means the list of eligible, enrolled members of the Community who are eligible to receive a payment under section 101(a), as prepared by the Community under section 101(b). (9) Secretary.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior."

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