Tribe's role at bison range faces numerous probes

Several investigations are pending into the management role shared by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the National Bison Range in Montana.

The tribes were in charge of several duties at the range under a self-governance agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But the agreement is on hold pending resolution of management issues and several investigations.

According to The New York Times, the Government Accountability Office, the House Resources Committee, and the Inspector General and the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Interior Department are looking into the matter. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) asked the GAO and the House to determine whether political appointees at Interior pressured FWS to enter into the agreement.

Get the Story:
Sharing of Bison Range Management Breaks Down (The New York Times 2/13)
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Evaluation Report:
Implementation of the Annual Funding Agreement (May 2006)

Relevant Links:
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - http://www.cskt.org
National Bison Range - http://bisonrange.fws.gov
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - http://www.peer.org

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