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2.5.02

Unfair to Indians, again
"Even the courts can't seem to find a way to assure Native Americans that billions of dollars in land-use fees owed them will ever be distributed. The money is due them for grazing, timber cutting and the extraction of oil, gas and other minerals on their land. The mess stems from bureaucratic intransigence of historic proportions by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees it, reaching back almost to the creation of the bureau, an agency whose early years were marred by corruption."

I think the Supreme Court needs to issue an order banning all outside use of Native American trust land until the government can figure out how to pay the tribes for it. Maybe that would make them take notice and actually do something, since I'm sure the companies that would be affected are big campaign donors.

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