FROM THE ARCHIVE

Swimmer expected to take stand in Cobell trial

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2003

Special trustee Ross Swimmer is expected to take the stand this afternoon as the Bush administration's final witness in the ongoing trust fund trial.

Swimmer's testimony will be his first on the stand. He was deposed for the case late last year.

Swimmer, a former assistant secretary for Indian affairs, is expected to remain on the stand for the rest of the week. After direct examination by the Department of Justice, he will face questions by Native American Rights Fund attorney Keith Harper.

As special trustee, Swimmer is overseeing the largest expansion of the Office of Special Trustee to date. He is hiring several senior executive service managers and up to 80 trust officers to work at the reservation and local level.

Swimmer was confirmed as special trustee in April.

Relevant Links:
Office of Special Trustee - http://www.ost.doi.gov
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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