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Tribes slam Norton's trust proposal
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2002

Another round of tribal consultation in San Diego, California, on Thursday elicited the same opposition to a new Indian trust assets agency.

Tribal leaders protested not being consulted about a decision to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its trust responsibilities and hand them to the new entity. An audience estimated from 200 to 400 attended to criticize Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb.

In response to complaints about mismanagement of assets, McCaleb said there is no proof that money has been lost under the Interior's watch. But he admitted there is no accounting, at least of the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust, to prove that.

A time-limited accounting by Arthur Andersen in the 90s showed $2.3 billion was unaccounted for in assets held in trust for tribes.

The next consultation will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 23.

Get the Story:
Indians hit trust fund plan (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 1/18)
Indians assail plan to split BIA in two (The San Diego Union-Tribune 1/18)

Today on Indianz.Com:
Norton scraps trust reform blueprint (1/18)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Trust Reform, NCAI - http://130.94.214.68/main/pages/
issues/other_issues/trust_reform.asp

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