Bureaucrats Circle Their Wagons

| January 14, 2002

Bureaucrats Circle Their Wagons, Kelly Patricia O'Meara, Insight Magazine
A U.S. District Court judge has scheduled contempt of court proceedings against Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton for falsifying information on the mishandling of money in the Indian trust fund, reports Kelly Patricia O'Meara for Insight Magazine. Norton claimed that the Interior's inability to account for funds in the Indian trust was a result of a $40 million computer system that didn't work. Norton also announced the creation of the Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Management, but critics say her action is an attempt to stave off the contempt charges. The mismanagement of trust money -- generated from the leasing of oil, mineral, timber and grazing rights on Indian land -- has affected 300,000 American Indians, according to O'Meara.
--Kate Garsombke
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