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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:11 PM
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Interior Dept.Denounced (Energy Corp Theft of Indian fds since Reagan)
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:17 PM by papau
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55870-20...


Interior Dept.Denounced (Energy Corp Theft of Indian fds - began under Reagan)
(court-appointed) Investigator of Indian Funds Resigns, Alleges Obstruction (by current Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles who has had repeated dealings with energy and mining industry clients of his former lobbying firm after assuming his post)


By Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, 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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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:10 PM
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1. more corruption from bushco
and because of current events, it gets little to no press coverage.
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:54 PM
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2. One more public Bush corruption that our media will bury.
I do love our not right wing GOP controlled media - they just act like they are.

Can all the editors say - all at the same time - "that story does not have legs - no one wants to hear about it"
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:23 PM
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3. locking
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