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When returning your completed Claim Form, please include your picture ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, state ID card). In addition, include any documentation to support your relationship to the injured party and the injured party’s position within the classification section checked on the Claim Form.
For example, if you checked ‘American Indian’ on the Claim Form, you can include your CBID or tribal ID card for yourself. For the injured party, if you have a copy of their birth certificate or other documentation that reflects their identity, include that as well. Also, in order to show your relationship to the injured party, if you have a family tree or other documentation showing your relationship, please include that in addition.
If you are unsure about any piece and need assistance showing your connection to the injured party, please check back as we are developing relationships with genealogists that may be able to assist with a search. There may be a fee involved for their time, but at this juncture, we are unsure what that fee might be.
The eldest living relatives of:
- Those individuals of American Indian or Alaska Native descent.
- African American descendants of slavery.
- Japanese Americans or Alaska Aleut descendants of the WWII internments.
- Subjects or descendants of the Tuskegee experiments.
- Subjects or relatives of forced sterilizations (1907-1974).
This is our starting point. Dependent on the success of the campaign, we will expand it in the future.
How do I file a request?
Download the claim form, fill out the information requested, sign and return by email or regular mail. Remember to include picture ID and copies of any papers to provide the necessary information regarding your relationship to the subject (either yourself or relative).
How much will I receive?
We cannot predict this at the outset. It will be dependent on the success of our campaign since it is reliant on sales of pins combined with donations. The more we can all share and the more successful the campaign is, the more we can pay out.
How will the funds be dispersed?
We feel a two-prong approach will be the most beneficial. We foresee one-half of the funds being paid directly to the subject or his/her eldest living descendants. The other one-half will be paid to programs in that individual’s (or descendant’s) community so that their direct environment may be improved as well.
Why are monies being paid out to parties that have already been paid reparations?
We recognize that reparations have been paid to some parties. However, it has not been a level that we feel would make amends. For instance, in the case of American Indians, by the time individuals received reparations, they only received about $1,000. This is a mere pittance compared to the value of the lands taken from them.
What do I need to include when returning a Claim Form?
- a) Completed and signed Claim Form.
- b) Copy of your ID.
- c) Documentation showing identify of injured party (if other than yourself).
- d) Documentation showing injured party’s category chosen on claim form (i.e., American Indian).
- e) Documentation showing your relationship to injured party (if other than yourself).
Who should submit the Claim Form?
The Claim Form should be completed and returned either by the injured party themselves, if living, or by the eldest living descendants (or relatives, in the case of forced sterilizations) of the injured party.
What if there is more than one eldest living descendant?
If a Claim Form is being submitted by the eldest living descendant and there is more than one (in the case of siblings), then each eldest living descendant should complete and return a Claim Form.
How will proceeds be paid?
Proceeds will be paid either to the injured party directly, if living, or will be divided among the eldest living descendants, in the event the injured party is deceased.
Our History is Littered with Atrocities
If we can help to mend these past wrongdoings, we can build a brighter future for us all.