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It's not often that a Cabinet official is called to trial for contempt -- indeed it is extremely rare -- but the mainstream media isn't necessarily treating the matter seriously.

The Washington Post relegates the story of Secretary of Interior Gale Norton's soon-to-be-revealed fate to the back pages of its front section. The paper in the past, however, has printed more prominently placed stories about the trust fund debacle.

On the other hand, The Billings Gazette puts the story on its front page, pulling up one Associated Press account that includes tribal opposition to a proposal Norton has offered in response to the Individual Indian Money (IIM) lawsuit. Other AP versions don't include the quotes.

The New York Times, which often sees fit to editorialize about the trust fund and other Interior actions, talks about the contempt action but only in a small brief in its national section. The paper devotes more attention to her presence at a reneweable energy gathering.

Get the Story:
Norton Will Face Contempt Charges (The Washington Post 11/29)
Norton, top aide to stand trial (The Denver Post 11/29)
Interior Secretary Norton to Face Charges Of Contempt in Indian Trust-Fund Case (The Wall Street Journal 11/29)
Interior's Norton ordered to stand trial (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 11/29)
Norton ordered to stand trial (The Denver Rocky Mountain News 11/29)
Interior Secretary Faces Contempt Proceedings (The Los Angeles Times 11/29)
Norton trial ordered in Indian trust fund case (AP 11/29)
Norton, leaders to discuss BIA reorganization plan (AP 11/29)
Norton, McCaleb ordered to stand trial in Indian trust fund case (AP 11/28)
National Briefing: INTERIOR SECRETARY TO STAND TRIAL (The New York Times 11/29)
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Today on Indianz.Com:
Norton ordered to trial for 'fraud' (11/29)
Tribal leaders reject BIA overhaul (11/29)
Norton to attend consultation session (11/29)
Big showing expected at Norton meeting (11/29)
Indian Country deserves answers (11/29)

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

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