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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:55 AM
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NYT~ Interior Dept. Is Denounced Investigator of Indian Funds Resigns
Interior Dept. Is Denounced
Investigator of Indian Funds Resigns, Alleges Obstruction
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 7, 2004; Page A07


A court-appointed investigator has resigned from his job probing the federal government's management of hundreds of millions of dollars owed Native Americans, and charged that the Department of the Interior blocked his work in a bid to conceal its deals to enrich energy companies and cheat American Indians.



In his resignation letter, made public yesterday, Special Master Alan L. Balaran said the Bush administration worked to thwart him beginning last summer after he uncovered a two-decades-old practice by Interior officials of negotiating leases with oil and gas companies that gave Indian landowners a small fraction of the royalties that private landowners received in similar deals. Balaran accused the Department of Justice and the Interior Department of trying repeatedly to have him removed from the case "to prevent any further investigation" of the lopsided deals.

"A full investigation into these matters might well result in energy companies being forced to repay significant sums to individual Indians," Balaran wrote to the judge overseeing a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by Native Americans against the Interior Department. "Interior could not let this happen. . . . Billions of dollars are at stake."

Interior officials released a statement yesterday calling Balaran's charges "preposterous" and "based entirely on innuendo, supposition and baseless speculation -- just the sorts of things to which a competent judicial officer would give no credence."
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more:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55870-20...

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Quetzal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:25 AM
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1. I've lost track as to how many scandals there are
there needs to be a timeline or something.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:31 AM
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2. they all blend together and get lost
it's seems there a new charges of corruption everyday, but it has a shelf live of a day. :(
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:16 AM
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3. Back to the top...
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