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Cobell and Cason to appear on C-SPAN program

Update II: The entire show can be viewed at rtsp://

Update: Jim Cason appeared on the program for about 45 minutes. Most of the discussion focused on Indian gaming, including off-reservation gaming. Cason also addressed the trust fund, saying there is no factual basis for a $27 billion settlement. Elouise Cobell appeared for about 40 minutes and talking about her lawsuit, saying Cason was "misleading" Congress and the public about the extent of the government's mismanagement.

In case you missed the show you can download an audio clip from the Indianz.Com Listening Lounge. The Cason clip is 8.17 MB. The Cobell clip is 7.12 MB and contains a small dropout around 7 minutes into the segment. Indianz.Com will repost the clip, and a link to the archived show, once C-SPAN makes it available.

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the trust fund lawsuit, and Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary at the Interior Department, will appear on the C-SPAN program, "Washington Journal," this morning.

Cason is scheduled to appear first at 7:45am. Cobell will appear, via satellite from Montana, at 9:15am.

The show will focus on the Cobell v. Norton lawsuit and other Interior Department issues. A live feed can be accessed at The program appears on the main C-SPAN channel.

Relevant Documents:
Trust Reform and Cobell Settlement Workgroup Principles for Legislation (June 2005)

Relevant Links:
National Congress of American Indians -
Intertribal Trust Fund Monitoring Association -
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice -
Senate Indian Affairs Committee -

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