your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
The University of Tulsa College of Law - Master's in Indian Law
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Rep. Hastings asks DOI for answers about Jeanette Hanna

Filed Under: National | Politics
More on: 113th, bia, doc hastings, doi, hnrc, house, jeanette hanna, kevin washburn, larry echohawk, oig, paul tsosie

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is pressing the Obama administration for answers about Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints.

In letters to Laura Davis, the chief of staff to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the BIA, Hastings notes that Hanna was the subject of 17 formal complaints between 2005 and 2011. He wants to know whether she received any awards, promotions, job changes, salary changes, raises or bonuses during that time frame.

Hastings also wants to know whether the Interior Department ever took steps to recover the excess expenditures that Hanna incurred during her 775-day detail in Washington, D.C. A report from the Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department said the BIA paid for a more expensive vehicle and for her lodging even when she returned to her home in Oklahoma.

The OIG report put the excess spending at more than $40,000 and noted that Hanna never reported her travel expenses to the Internal Revenue Service, as required by any employee who has been on detail for over a year. Federal prosecutors, however, declined to press charges.

Hanna was serving as regional director of the BIA's office in Eastern Oklahoma when she was placed on leave in November 2009 for reasons that the agency has never publicly disclosed. By January 2010, she was detailed to work in D.C., for Paul Tsosie, the former chief of staff to former assistant secretary Larry Echo Hawk.

The BIA completed an investigation into allegations against Hanna a few months later and confirmed that she "fostered a hostile work environment and engaged in retaliation, harassment and mismanagement" in Eastern Oklahoma, according to the OIG. The 2010 report, however, has not been made public so Hastings has asked for a copy.

Hastings also wants a unredacted copy of the OIG's 2012 report. The copy that Indianz.Com posted on April 30 contains numerous redactions that seem to portray Hanna in an unfavorable light.

"Because of the seriousness of the accusations, it is important to fully understand what steps were taken as a result of the 2010 federal investigation and the 2012 OIG investigation, as well as how the AS-IA handles referrals from OIG in serious cases," Hastings wrote in the letter to Washburn.

Hastings asked for Davis and Washburn to submit information to his committee, which exercises jurisdiction over Indian issues, by May 31.

Rep. Hastings Letters:
Letter to Chief of Staff Laura Davis (May 17, 2013)
Letter to Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn (May 17, 2013)

DOI Inspector General Report:
Jeanette Hanna (August 2012)

Related Stories:
In The Loop: Jeanette Hanna overspent on detail to BIA in DC (05/09)
Echo Hawk kept BIA regional director on overextended detail (5/1)
Echo Hawk removed official who investigated Jeanette Hanna (5/1)
In The Hoop: Jeanette Hanna inherits BIA's coveted Iron Fist (5/1)
In The Hoop: Come fill in the blanks in OIG's redacted report (5/1)
Inspector General Reports: Larry Echo Hawk, Jeanette Hanna (4/30)
Echo Hawk creates new post for director under investigation (4/)
BIA lists job opening for Eastern Oklahoma's regional director (4/2)
In the Loop: BIA's regional director goes missing in action (3/28)
BIA regional office goes without director for over two years (3/22)
BIA faces leadership void among regional director level (2/2)
BIA official in Eastern Oklahoma placed on leave (11/9)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe reacts to shootings (10/26)
Raúl Grijalva: Republicans still won't listen to Indian Country (10/26)
Steve Russell: The magic of Donald Trump's 'plan' for America (10/26)
Dakota Access ramps up spending on lobbying and politicians (10/25)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe presses Obama on Dakota Access (10/25)
Indian National Finals Rodeo gears up for big crowds in Vegas (10/25)
Mark Trahant: Native candidates benefit from Clinton landslide (10/25)
Lakota Country Times: Shooting pushes Pine Ridge into action (10/25)
Native Sun News Today: Sisters want police help for stolen car (10/25)
Delphine Red Shirt: Teach the language like our elders wanted (10/25)
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe keeps making bad decisions (10/25)
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian Country (10/25)
Harlan McKosato: Just what are Indians supposed to look like? (10/25)
ICT series continues with George W. Bush's sovereignty gaffe (10/25)
United South and Eastern Tribes open sovereignty conference (10/25)
Navajo Nation in discussions to cultivate hemp on reservation (10/25)
Eastern Cherokees looking to build data center on reservation (10/25)
Cherokee Nation schedules job fairs for newest gaming facility (10/25)
California Nations Indian Gaming Association chooses director (10/25)
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe faces legal fight over modest casino (10/25)
Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access (10/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe can pursue own #NoDAPL complaint (10/24)
Democracy Now: New resistance in fight against Dakota Access (10/24)
Tim Giago: No one feels honored by racist & offensive mascots (10/24)
Mark Trahant: North Dakota takes #NoDAPL battle to extremes (10/24)
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' Indian arts law (10/24)
Native Sun News Today: Republican won't agree to tribal forum (10/24)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe opens nursing home (10/24)
Clara Caufield: Tribute to outgoing Northern Cheyenne leader (10/24)
Mary Annette Pember: North Dakota on #NoDAPL crackdown (10/24)
Terese Marie Mailhot: Native women deserve to be respected (10/24)
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the origins of federal Indian law (10/24)
Peter d'Errico: Seminole Tribe embraces limits on sovereignty (10/24)
Pregnant woman on Muckleshoot Reservation killed by police (10/24)
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths at Pine Ridge (10/24)
Bus returning from Torres-Martinez Band casino in fatal crash (10/24)
Jamul Indian Village refinances $460M in casino related debt (10/24)
Firm cites 2009 National Indian Gaming Commission opinion (10/24)
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye backs Hillary Clinton (10/21)
Twenty-Nine Palms Band disputes 'Trump, You're Fired' story (10/21)
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings (10/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.