President Bush 'on the hook' for trust fund delays
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

"The White House is now on the hook for refusing to settle the Indian trust fund mess," The Denver Post says in an editorial.

The paper points to an "anti-Indian" provision in a spending bill that delays the court-ordered accounting of Indian funds. The rider "erased many legal victories the Indians had won" in court, the paper says.

Secretary of Interior Gale Norton has said her department is not responsible for the language. In press accounts, she said the White House worked directly with Congress.

"Regardless of which Bush operative drove the issue, one thing is clear: Congress in the modern era wouldn't dare treat any other ethnic group in America with such casual callousness," The Post says.

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Editorial: Indian rights still ignored (The Denver Post 11/5)

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice -
Indian Trust, Department of Interior -

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