History of neglect drives trust case
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Neglect of obligations to Indian Country is nothing new, as Bill McAllister writes in The Denver Post.

In his Beltway Notebook column, McAllister recounts part of the opening arguments of the contempt trial against Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb, who five charges for their handling of the trust fund debacle. Dennis Gingold, an attorney for 300,000 American Indian trust beneficiaries, said the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana was left starving in the winter of 1884 because the federal government gave food to white settlers instead.

"Nothing that happened in Courtroom 21, where Norton's trial is underway, hints at any resolution of those old feelings," McAllister writes.

In the same column, McAllister writes how a Department of Interior web site was praised -- the same day it was shut down per a court order. "At least there was some good news to come out about our website that day," Interior spokesperson Mark Pfeifle is quoted as saying.

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The Beltway Notebook: Trust trial contentious (The Denver Post 12/16)

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

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