Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cobell Scholarships: IF YOU'RE DISENROLLED, GET LOST!

Tribal Disenrollment finds another avenue to harm the individual Indian.

Have heard from some sources that the COBELL SCHOLARSHIP described below is not available to those American Indians who have been disenrolled.

The Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any full-time and degree-seeking American Indian or Alaska Native post-secondary (after high school) student attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution while pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional degree or certificate. All applicants must demonstrate an unmet need as indicated below.

As described to me:  I just learned yesterday that the entity managing the Cobell Scholarship money will not award scholarships to Indians who are not members
of a federally listed tribe. This is total bullshit because those moneys are supposed to go to Cobell recipients and their heirs. I had a heated exchange with one of the directors today. He was unbending and I told him that he was just another instrument of the US and assisting in carrying out extermination of Indians.The Board of Directors have no authority to make a rule excluding Cobell recipients. He admitted that. They way they have set up the fund it will operate perpetually from the interest and they will have a job forever.  It really sucks. We are looking at a possible Class Action suit against them especially since they cannot hide behind sovereignty. 

What is YOUR experience here?  Another avenue that tribes who harm their own people, can use?  Shameful.  
Disenrolled Chukchansi member and teacher Cathy Cory stated "The United States has the responsibility to protect the trust interest of ALL Indian People, and that includes educational opportunities.  Cobell recipients were not all members of federally recognized tribes, and these scholarship funds should be available to ALL of American Indian heritage who wish to utilize them.
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