Without current addresses, account holders cannot receive periodic Statements of Performance (IIM account statements) or other mailings from OST. Account information that OST provided to Garden City Group (GCG), the claims administrator for the Cobell Settlement, does not have current mailing addresses for WAU accounts. Therefore, GCG is not able to mail Cobell Settlement checks to WAU accounts. GCG returns those funds to OST. The funds are deposited into WAU accounts.
Go online to www.doi.gov/ost/wau to search for names of IIM account holders whose accounts are on the WAU list.
If you are on the WAU list, you need to provide current address information to GCG. GCG will work with OST to update your information.
WAU accounts are considered restricted accounts. These accounts generally become unrestricted when OST is able to verify ownership. OST must verify identify prior to release of funds for WAU accounts and cannot release any funds for individuals who are supervised accounts (e.g., minors, mentally incompetent adults, adults in need of assistance) until an approved distribution plan has been received from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1) "Historical Accounting Class" means individual Indians (excluding those who prior to June 10, 1996, filed actions for a historical accounting) alive on September 30, 2009, and who had an IIM Account open during any period between October 25, 1994, and September 30, 2009, which IIM Account had at least one cash transaction credited to it at any time as long as such credits were not later reversed. Beneficiaries deceased as of September 30, 2009, are included in the Historical Accounting Class only if they had an IIM Account that was open as of that date. The estate of any Historical Accounting Class Member who dies after September 30, 2009, but before distribution is in the Historical Accounting Class.
You will also see payments made to members of the Historical Accounting Class referred to as Stage 1 payments.
2) "Trust Administration Class" means individual Indians (excluding those who filed actions on their own behalf or as part of a group certified in a class action, stating breach of trust and mismanagement of trust funds or land resources) alive as of September 30, 2009, and who have or had IIM Accounts in the "Electronic Ledger Era" (currently available electronic data in systems of the Department of the Interior dating from approximately 1985 to the present), as well as individual Indians who, as of September 30, 2009, had a recorded or other demonstrable ownership interest in land held in trust or restricted status, regardless of the existence of an IIM Account and regardless of the proceeds, if any, generated from the Land. The Trust Administration Class does not include beneficiaries deceased as of September 30, 2009, but does include the estate of any deceased beneficiary whose IIM Accounts or other trust assets had been open in probate as of September 30, 2009. The estate of any Trust Administration Class Member who dies after September 30, 2009, but before distribution is included in the Trust Administration Class.
You will also see payments made to members of the Trust Administration Class referred to as Stage 2 payments. Garden City Group (GCG), the claims administrator for the Cobell Settlement, will make these payments in the future.
If you have not received a check but believe you should have (particularly if siblings have received checks), call Garden City Group (GCG), the claims administrator for the Cobell Settlement, to get further information and to provide your most current contact information to CGC
If you would like information about tracing your ancestry, access A Guide to Tracing American Indian and Alaska Native Ancestry on the Bureau of Indian Affairs website.