Settle the Cobell historical accounting -- and only the Cobell historical accounting -- for billions. Tribal claims should not be touched.Resolving fractionated heirships is a lofty goal but not one for inclusion in the bill. After all, didn't Congress just pass yet another round of amendments to the Indian Land Consolidation Act? "It's not the root cause of the mismanagement we're talking about," Cobell said of fractionation on Native America Calling on Monday. It's obvious that it will take serious study, and resources, before more legislation on this issue. Finally, Congress must adequately fund the BIA so that it can fix the problems and carry out future solutions. The money to do this can't come from the settlement. Once the suit is settled, Indian Country can work on other equally pressing issues that the Bush administration cast aside in order to blame inaction on Cobell. The 110th Congress gives everyone another good shot. Briefing Paper:
Establish a commission, panel, board or other entity that will develop fiduciary standards to manage trust funds and assets. The trustee should be held accountable to the standards.
Eliminate the Office of Special Trustee, a move that will put the Indian back in Bureau of Indian Affairs. Ross Swimmer will be looking for a new job soon anyway.
NEWLY PROPOSED PROVISIONS FOR SENATE BILL 1439 THE INDIAN TRUST REFORM ACT (SCIA 10/23) Press Release:
ADDITIONAL CONSULTATION MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON S.1439 (SCIA 10/19) Relevant Documents:
Staff Draft of Cobell Settlement Bill (Posted by ITMA) Senate Indian Affairs Committee Statement:
INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE POSTPONES CONSIDERATION OF TRUST REFORM LEGISLATION (August 2, 2006) Indian Trust Reform Act:
S.1439 | H.R.4322 Relevant Links:
Senate Indian Affairs Committee - http://indian.senate.gov
Indian Trust: Cobell v. Kempthorne - http://www.indiantrust.com
Office of Special Trustee - http://www.ost.doi.gov
Cobell v. Norton, Department of Justice - http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/cases/cobell/index.htm