Monday, July 18, 2005

Update on Cobell v. Norton

A few weeks ago, Porkopolis posted Cobell v. Norton and commented on the mismanagement at the Interior Department.

U.S. Berated Over Indians' Treatment is an article in the Washington Post that starts as follows:

In a scathing rebuke of the federal government's treatment of Native Americans, a federal judge yesterday ordered the Interior Department to include notices in its correspondence with Indians whose land the government holds in trust, warning them that the government's information may not be credible.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who has presided for nearly 10 years over a class-action suit on behalf of 500,000 Indians whose land the government has leased to mining, ranching and timber interests, issued one of his most strongly worded opinions on the case...

...The Interior Department, in a statement, said the opinion "contains intemperate rhetoric uncommon to jurisprudence, but made common in this case" and pointed out that the District Court's opinion has been overturned in the three most recent appeals filed.


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