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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will hold the seventh in a series of public meetings on Monday, August 19, in Anchorage, as part of the Commission's comprehensive evaluation of the US Department of the Interior's management and administration of Indian trust assets.
Commission members will hear from speakers knowledgeable about the Federal Indian trust relationship, other trust models and trust reform. They also will be looking at aspects of the trust relationship that are unique to Alaska under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The meeting will include a panel session on trust land and the US Government's trust responsibility in Alaska.
In addition, the management consultant firm will be present to gather attendees' perspectives on how federal Indian trust administration currently operates. In March of this year, Grant Thornton llp was awarded a contract in partnership with Cherokee Services Group, a Cherokee Nation-owned business, to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's management of the trust administration system in support of the Commission's efforts.
“The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform is very interested in learning about the Alaska Native community's views of the Interior Department's trust management in Alaska,”
said Commission Chair Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation.
"We welcome all input, perspectives and recommendations on how to improve the Department's overall management of its trust responsibilities, and strongly encourage attendees and others to share their views and suggestions with the management consultant working with us, Grant Thornton, who also will be present to accept such information."
Members of the public who wish to attend the Commission's meeting in person should RSVP by August 18 at firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate via teleconference and Webinar, register by August 18 at Teleconference and Webinar. Participation is limited to the first 100 participants.
For more information about the Aug. 19 meeting and the Commission's work, visit Cobell Commission. Submissions to Grant Thornton may be emailed to Trust.Commission@us.gt.com.
As part of the historic Cobell Settlement with the US government, the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform was established in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets over two years and to offer recommendations on improvements in the future. All of the Commission's meetings are open to the public.
Department of the Interior
Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform
Monday, August 19 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform Members to be Present:
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
posted August 17, 2013 8:30 am edt