Interview: Ross Swimmer not ready to close shop
The 1994 American Indian Trust Reform Act created the Office of Special Trustee. The law also provided for the end of the OST once reform efforts are completed.

According to the Bush administration, progress has been made. But Special Trustee Ross Swimmer, who has held the job since April 2003, "did not sound ready to close up shop" in an interview with the Federal Times.

"By the end of 2009, we should have 95 percent of the conversion work and what I call the reform work done," he says.

"We have several options at this point. We can propose a date, and 30 days before that we’d have to also make a recommendation as to whether the Office of the Special Trustee should remain a permanent office. Obviously, that decision is not going to be made until that time. A lot depends on what we do between now and then," he adds.

Swimmer suggested that OST, as an entity, could remain permanent but without a presidential-level appointee. "When people talk about the special trustee sunsetting, in my mind basically what’s being talked about is me, not what we do," he says.

Get the Story:
Ross Swimmer (The Federal Times 2/26)

Relevant Links:
Office of Special Trustee - http://www.doi.gov/ost
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm

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