BIA plan called 'desperate'
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Secretary of Interior Gale Norton's proposal to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its trust duties is a "desparate" attempt to prove she has addressed longstanding problems, an attorney representing 300,000 American Indians said on Thursday.

Dennis Gingold also told The Washington Post the proposal was a Titanic ship doomed for failure. He is a Washington, D.C., attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Cobell v. Norton lawsuit that spurred the reorganization Norton has offered.

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff, said in a statement that the plan was a "typical, last-minute, backs-to-the-wall effort."

Get the Story:
Interior Names New Office for Indians' Trust (The Washington Post 11/16)
Norton seeks 1 person to handle Indian trust funds (The Denver Post 11/16)
Norton overhauls trust system (Scripps Howard News Service 11/16)
Statement by Elouise Cobell (IndianTrust.Com 11/15)

Today on Indianz.Com:
Norton stripping BIA of trust duties (11/16)
Tribal leaders in uproar over proposal (11/16)
Q&A on BIA Reorganization (11/16)

Relevant Links:
Office of the Special Trustee -
Trust Management Improvement Project -
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton -

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