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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Legal feeding trough at the expense of Indian America...........

Jennifer Talhelm
Associated Press
Feb. 4, 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON - Interior Department officials, ordered to pay $7 million to lawyers for American Indians suing the government over lost royalties, cut Indian programs to find most of the money.

Jim Cason, associate deputy Interior secretary, said the cuts will include $2 million from a fund for lawyers performing tribal work and $1 million from Bureau of Indian Affairs' central and regional offices and some tribal programs. The decision won't affect schools or public safety.

Cason said he tried to spread the cuts so they would have the least impact on Indians. But he said the court order gave him no option but to take the money from BIA, one of several agencies the department oversees. "This was not a Park Service or a Fish and Wildlife problem, it's an Indian problem," he said.
The Indian plaintiffs called the decision a "devious and deceptive" attempt to punish Indians for winning in court.

"This is totally unreal," said Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Indian and the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the government. "Sometimes I think the department's behavior has deteriorated to the bottom of the basement, and things like this happen, and I think it's gone to the fiery bowels of the Earth."

The U.S. District Court issued the order in response to a petition from the plaintiffs in their 10-year-old lawsuit. The plaintiffs had originally asked for $14 million.

Indians accuse the government in a class-action lawsuit of mishandling more than $100 billion in lost oil, gas, grazing, timber and other royalties from their lands dating to 1887.

They sued to force the government to account for the lost money but now say they are willing to settle for $27.5 billion, an amount some lawmakers have said is too high.

Cason announced the cuts in a letter to tribal leaders

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