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Indian Issues Await Obama in Washington

Indianz.Com, news report, Posted: Nov 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. American Indians are hopeful that once in office, President-elect Barack Obama will address intransigent issues of trust reform and land-into-trust, reports Indianz.Com.

Obama's campaign platform pledged to reform administration of trust lands and assets and especially to resolve law suits brought by tribes and individual Indian Americans. Tribal leaders are asking that the federal government relax procedures for converting land off the reservations into trust lands for the purpose of building casinos. The Government Accountability office has also cited weaknesses in management of over $3 billion in Indian trust funds. The Indian American vote is thought to have gone heavily for Obama.



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