BIA office move questioned
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FEBRUARY 13, 2001

A proposal to move the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Agency office from the Washington, DC, area to Nashville, Tennessee, is being questioned as a conflict of interest.

The offices would be housed in a building owned by the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET). USET's executive director, Tim Martin, has been interviewing to be the next head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs but said that doesn't affect his USET dealings.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says the proposed move would be financed by money from the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and the Oneida Nation of New York. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) says this would be a conflict of interest because the tribes have successful gaming operations.

But the money would reportedly not come from the tribes themselves, but from their annual appropriation of federal funds, which the tribes have returned in the past.

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HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION: Tribes to aid BIA eastern offices move (The Las Vegas Review Journal 2/13)