The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Let's Do the Numbers

The Cobell Plaintiffs have formally demanded $58 billion to settle their suit over the catastrophically mismanaged IIM (Individual Indian Money) trust and Osage "headrights". Lead Plaintiff Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet) calls the demand "conservative," given that her lawyers came up with about $176 billion, including interest. So far, Congress has offered $8 billion and the Bush Administration $3.5 billion.
Obama? Clinton? McCain? Time to step up...

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