Dodd calls on Anderson to resign over broad recusal
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) called on Bureau of Indian Affairs head Dave Anderson to resign due to his broad recusal on all federal recognition decisions.

In a memo last month, Anderson asked Interior Secretary Gale Norton to delegate all federal recognition, gaming and gaming land-into-trust decisions to deputy Aurene Martin. Dodd said Anderson shouldn't have accepted the job in the first place.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) criticized Anderson at a hearing last month after learning of the broad recusal. He has been upset that Anderson hasn't testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee when asked. Since joining the Bush administration in February, Anderson has appeared just once at a hearing on trust reform.

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Relevant Documents:
Anderson - Norton Recusal Memos (April 2004)

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