BIA delaying distribution of federal road money
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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003

Where's Neal McCaleb when you don't need him? Tribes in his home state of Oklahoma are wondering when the Bureau of Indian Affairs will release federal road money.

Earlier this year, Teresa Rosier, counselor to acting assistant secretary Aurene Martin, said the roads distribution formula would be finalized whether or not tribes agree. She made the statement at the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) winter meeting.

Now, the BIA says the road money is being held up because tribes can't agree. "It's kind of a complicated issue," Michael Southern, a roads program manager, told The Daily Oklahoman. "The BIA isn't holding back any money."

Meanwhile, tribes say they are in desperate need of road funds. "This couldn't have come at a worse time for us," Rocky Barrett, chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, said.

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Tribes still waiting on BIA road money (The Daily Oklahoman 5/30)
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