FROM THE ARCHIVE
Baucus: Delay in checks 'unacceptable'
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2001

The delay in general assistance and other payments to tribes and individual Indians is "unacceptable," Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told The Billings Gazette.

"Why didn’t the agency think ahead?" asked Duane Buckle, a member of the Assiniboine Tribe of Montana. "Unless you believe in the Miracle on 34th Street, no one’s going to get their checks before Christmas."

Those are some of the sentiments felt around Indian Country regarding the Internet shutdown at the Department of Interior, which authorized in response to a federal judge's order to protect the assets of 300,000 American Indians. The Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in many instances had no backup plan to deal with the outage.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has since ordered the Interior to reconnect its systems under supervision of his court.

Get the Story:
BIA check delay harmful to some (The Billings Gazette 12/19)

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Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust
Office of the Special Trustee - http://www.ost.doi.gov
Trust Management Improvement Project - http://www.doi.gov/bia/trust/tmip.htm
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com

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