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Norton welcomes time-out in Cobell trust fund case
Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Secretary of Interior Gale Norton said her department deliberately kept itself out of negotiations for an appropriations rider that delays the Indian trust fund lawsuit.

Norton said the White House worked directly with lawmakers on a $20 billion budget bill that was approved by the House last week and by the Senate last night. But she also said Interior officials provided information to Congress on the impact the case might have on the budget.

The House narrowly approved the budget bill on Thursday by a 215-206 vote. The Senate passed it 87-2.

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Congress grants Interior reprieve on Indian trusts (The Denver Post 11/4)
Senate approves money for wildfires, takes issue over Indian trust fund (AP 11/3)
Indian account override pushed (The Oklahoman 11/4)
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DOI Conference Committee Report:
House Report. 108-330 | PDF Version

Court Decisions:
Historical Accounting | Fixing the System | Structural Injunction

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

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Battle brews in House over DOI budget bill (10/30)
Cobell rallies support for trust fund case (10/28)
DOI bill halts Indian trust fund case (10/24)
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Lamberth lays out future of Indian trust reform (09/26)
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