FROM THE ARCHIVE

Martin read about deposition online

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2002

Deputy assistant secretary Aurene Martin first learned that she was being called before a court investigator because she read about it on Indianz.Com, according to the transcript of the proceeding.

"I read about it on the Internet," Martin said in response to a question posed by special master Alan Balaran.

"Which website? That's the way I get all my information," responded Balaran.

"The Indianz.com website," Martin replied.

Martin testified on December 13 about Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb's e-mail habits. She said she was not "not entirely" surprised to learn that she was being deposed.

"I assumed that you had -- since you had deposed Mr. McCaleb and [administrative assistant] Jean [Maybee], and that I had some part in the e-mail disclosure, that you would probably want to speak with me," she testified.

Balaran questioned Martin as part of his investigation into McCaleb's loss of government e-mails. A report is forthcoming.

Relevant Links:
Indian Trust, Department of Interior - http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Norton - http://www.indiantrust.com
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm
Trust Reform, NCAI - http://www.ncai.org/main/pages/
issues/other_issues/trust_reform.asp

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