Inspector General Reports: Larry Echo Hawk, Jeanette Hanna
Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department
today released its investigation into a decision by former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk to place the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized tribes.
In January 2012
, Echo Hawk said the tribe was left off the list by mistake. But the OIG report said he didn't follow any sort of process in making the decision.
In a separate report, the OIG looked into Jeanette Hanna, who was the former regional director for Eastern Oklahoma. Echo Hawk reassigned her to his office in Washington, D.C., on a detail basis for 775 days -- far longer than the 240 days allowed by federal regulations, the investigation said.
Before he left office in April 2012, Echo Hawk gave Hanna a permanent job in D.C.
Both reports detail the role that Paul Tsosie, Echo Hawk's former chief of staff, played in the decision making process.
DOI Inspector General Reports:
Investigative Report of the Tejon Indian Tribe
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