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Senate Proceeding on Aug 5th, 2010 :: 9:56:15 to 9:59:30
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Byron Dorgan

9:56:02 to 9:56:22( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: who've lived in poverty because somebody else got the money from their oil wells. they didn't get it. despite the fact that the government held their land in trust and promised to provide them tir income from that land. whether it's minerals, oil,

Byron Dorgan

9:56:15 to 9:59:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Byron Dorgan

Byron Dorgan

9:56:23 to 9:56:44( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: grazing, agriculture -- for 140 years american indians have too often been cheated. well, a court case that has existed now for 15 years determined that the federal government had responsibility and liability. rather than have that court case

Byron Dorgan

9:56:45 to 9:57:05( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: continue for more years in the federal courts, there was a negotiation late last year with interior secretary ken in the cobell case. they reached an agreement, and the federal judge gave 30 days to the congress to provide the funding in order to reach that settlement or satisfy the settlement.

Byron Dorgan

9:57:06 to 9:57:26( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: the congress did not do that in 30 days. in fact, it has been extended now six times during which the congress has not acted. we have tried very hard to find ways to satisfy everybody here, but parntsly that is not capable of being done today.

Byron Dorgan

9:57:27 to 9:57:48( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: i am profoundly disappointe that. my colleague from wyoming, i think, wishes he were one of the negotiators. he was not, of course. it was the interio secretary who negotiated. the congress simply is an evaluator of whether it wishes to dispense the funding for the negotiation that was done p. i was not a negotiator.

Byron Dorgan

9:57:49 to 9:58:10( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: nobody in congress was a negotiator. the question isn't, by the way, whether indians were cheated or whether they are owed as a result of mismanagement and fraud over these years. the federal court has already determined that was the case. they found in favor of the plaintiffs. and then the case was appealed further by the federal government.

Byron Dorgan

9:58:11 to 9:58:32( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: the question isn't whether we've a responsibility here. we do. the federal court has already found that. the question is whether we will meet our responsibility. and this negotiation that ensued with cobell v. salazar, as far as i'm concerned, represented a sound and reasonable approach

Byron Dorgan

9:58:33 to 9:58:56( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: and i believe we should fund it and move foompletdz the amendment that i'm going to -- the unanimous consent that i'm going to offer includes cobell v. salazar and the authorized settlement in the same, and also the appropriation for this final settlement claims from the black farmers' discrimination litigation that has been discussed at some length on the

Byron Dorgan

9:58:57 to 9:59:20( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: floor as well. mr. president, having said that, i ask unanimous consent tha the finance committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 4994, and that the senate proceed to its consideration. that the substitute amendment at the desk which authorizes the settlement of cobell et al v. ken salazar and to add an appropriation for the final

Byron Dorgan

9:59:21 to 9:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: settlement claims from in re: black farmers discrimination sitlation, the imil as amend be read a third time, passed, and the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, all without

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