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Dr. Peterson Zah - Navajo
WASHINGTON The first meeting of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform was held in a two day event held last Thursday and Friday. The Commission listened to two days packed with information on the workings of the US Department of Interior's American Indian trust programs.
The purpose of the two day event was to bring the five recently-named members of the Commission together to begin their work to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of US Department of the Interior's management and administration of the nearly $4 billion in trust assets, as well as recommendations for improvement.
Both days the audience was filled with American Indians from various parts of the United States, who were allowed to make comment and ask questions during the meetings.
"So far it has been good. We have spent our time mainly listening to presentations from federal staff,"
said Dr. Peterson Zah, Navajo, a member of Commission on Friday.
“We are charged with the responsibility to evaluate programs. We cannot make good decisions without knowing what is going on.”
The Commission will reconvene meeting at various points this year. It is slated to meet in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 11 and 12; Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 13 and 14; and in Seattle, Washington on December 6 and 7. If needed, more meetings are promised.
“I look forward to working with this Commission. This is a very positive thing for Indian Country,”
Stated Mike Black, Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The members of the Commission are:
posted March 5, 2012 8:40 am est
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