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Cobell plaintiffs disputing trust fund rider
Monday, November 17, 2003

An appropriations rider that delays a court-ordered accounting of the Indian trust fund is unconstitutional, attorneys for the Cobell plaintiffs are arguing.

The attorneys are filing briefs in district court and appeals court in Washington, D.C., in response to a stay sought by the Bush administration. They say Congress can't tell courts how to interpret existing law.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has delayed the case while it reviews the issue.

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Indian trust attorneys to fight accounting delay (The Oklahoman 11/15)
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D.C. Circuit Court Order:
Cobell v. Norton (November 13, 2003)

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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