House vote a victory on trust fund
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American Indian trust fund beneficiaries on Tuesday welcomed the removal of provisions in a funding bill that would have limited an accounting of their assets.

Keith Harper, an attorney representing the beneficiaries in a class action, told the Associated Press that the House vote was a signal that the Department of Interior should admit it can't do an accounting due to limited records and other problems. A judge or a settlement could resolve the issue.

The Bush administration claims it can reconcile the accounts but can't provide a reliable estimate of the cost and the time.

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Roll Call: Rahall Indian Trust Fund Amendment (House 7/17)
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Relevant Documents:
Rahall Letter (7/15) | Hayworth-Kildee Letter (7/12) | 8th Court Monitor Report (7/11) | House Committee Report (7/9) | Senate Committee Report (6/27)

Relevant Bills:
H.R.5093 | S.2708

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

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