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Cobell: Ross Swimmer and the truth rarely mix


"The way Ross Swimmer, the Interior Department's special trustee, is talking these days you'd think there really wasn't any reason for Indians to be upset over the thousands of individual Indian trust accounts the Oklahoman is supposed to be overseeing.

After years of attempting to find the billions of dollars that are missing, Swimmer told a group of reporters recently that his department hasn't been able to find any serious problems with the accounts it has been checking. There may be some missing money, he conceded.

But Swimmer insisted that any losses are perhaps in the millions -- not the billions of dollars that plaintiffs in a nine-year-old lawsuit against the federal government have been suggesting."

Get the Story:
Elouise Cobell: Indians not being told truth (The Oklahoman 4/22)
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Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust

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