[Federal Register: March 7, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 45)]
[Page 10429]
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Bureau of Indian Affairs

Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians

Office of Trust Transition

Office of the Secretary; Tribal Consultation of Indian Trust 
Asset Management

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of 
the Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Trust Transition, 

ACTION: Notice of tribal consultation meetings; reopening of comment 


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the 
Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, and the Office of 
Indian Trust Transition have been conducting consultation meetings with 
the public as noticed in the Federal Register publications of December 
5, 2001, December 11, 2001, and January 31, 2002. In the Federal 
Register notice of December 5, 2001 (66 FR 234), the Department noted 
that all written comments must be received by February 15, 2002. In a 
subsequent Federal Register notice (67 FR 28), the Department extended 
this comment period to February 28, 2002. This notice reopens the 
comment period to April 30, 2002.

DATES: All written comments must be received by April 30, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Office of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs, 1849 C 
Street, NW., MS 4040 MIB, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wayne R. Smith, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 4140 MIB, Washington, 
DC 20240 (202/208-7163).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the consultation meetings was 
to involve affected and interested parties in the process of organizing 
the Department's trust asset management responsibility functions. The 
Department has determined that there is a need for dramatic change in 
the management of Indian trust assets. An independent consultant has 
analyzed important components of the Department's trust reform 
activities and made several recommendations, including the 
recommendation that the Department consolidate trust functions under a 
single entity. The Department has held eight (8) consultation meetings 
across the country to discuss the merits of this reorganization. 
Because of the overwhelming public response to this effort, the 
Department believes it prudent to reopen the comment period further to 
April 30, 2002. This reopening of the comment period will facilitate 
the maximum direct participation of all interested parties in this 
important Departmental process.

    Dated: March 1, 2002.
J. Steven Griles,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc.  02-5383  Filed  3-6-02; 8:45 am]