FROM THE ARCHIVE

BITAM consultation in South Dakota this week

Facebook Twitter Email
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2002

The Department of Interior is hosting its fourth consultation over the proposed Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Management (BITAM) in Rapid City, South Dakota, on January 10.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza on 505 N. 5th Street. It will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to last all day.

The Plains region is home to a large number of individual Indians whose assets will be affected by the creation of BITAM. Tribes with large land holdings are also located in the region, with some, like the Oglala Lakota Tribe of South Dakota, opposing the new agency.

Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb, his deputy Wayne Smith, his legal counsel Aurene Martin and Ross Swimmer, who is supposed to be heading the transition to the new agency, are scheduled to attend. Secretary Gale Norton is not expected.

Beyond Rapid City, additional meetings will be held in San Diego, California, on January 17; Anchorage, Alaska, on January 23; Washington, D.C., February 1; and Portland, Oregon, on February 14. On a radio appearance on Native America Calling, Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson Nedra Darling said dates for consultation sessions in Billings, Montana, and Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation are still being worked out.

As part of the process, McCaleb has agreed to the creation of a task force consisting of two tribal leaders plus one alternate from each of the BIA's 12 regions. The National Congress of American Indians is coordinating the task force, which McCaleb has funded with $500,000.

Tribal leaders last week in Oklahoma said the amount was not enough to ensure the task force does a good job of coming up with an alternative to BITAM. Money will be needed to hire trust experts, they said.

McCaleb didn't immediately say he would find additional funds.

Today on Indianz.Com:
Order on trust fund payments sought (1/8)

More on Task Force:
NCAI: Nominations Needed (1/4)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com

Related Stories:
Tribes fending off Norton proposal (1/4)
More BITAM consultations planned (1/4)
Editorial: No confidence in Norton plan (1/2)
Norton circles her wagon (1/2)
Trust fund regulations revised (1/2)
Cobell: Justice for Indian Country (12/24)
Tribal leaders blast Norton proposal (12/21)
Consultation wagon continues in Minn. (12/20)
Interior might hold more consultations (12/20)
Checks to Great Lakes region delayed (12/20)
Taking lead on trust reform proves tough (12/19)
DOI promises web site update (12/18)
BITAM consultation on Dec. 20 (12/17)
Tribes continue assault on Norton plan (12/14)
In The Hoop: The War on Tribalism (12/14)
Norton must end the Indian Trust sham (12/13)
Tribal consultation begins on BITAM (12/13)
Norton set for first consultation (12/13)
Attorneys barred from BITAM consultation (12/12)
NPR covers BIA overhaul, trust fund (12/11)
Indian panel urging BITAM slow down (12/10)
Norton 'offers' to meet with tribes (12/7)
Norton cleared for tribal consultation (12/6)
House to hold hearings on BIA overhaul (12/5)
McCaleb doubts tribal opposition (12/4)
Interior extends comment period (12/4)
Trust fund report still can't be found (12/4)
Tribal leaders worried about consultation (12/4)
News Archive
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

About This Page

You are enjoying stories from the Indianz.Com Archive, a collection dating back to 2000. Some outgoing links may no longer work due to age.

All stories are available for publishing via Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)