What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Support for Independent International Law : HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Eliminate Restrictions on a Review of Money Owed to American Indians.
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HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Eliminate Restrictions on a Review of Money Owed to American Indians.
house Roll Call 311     Jul 17, 2002
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The Department of the Interior manages public lands, administers a wide range of domestic programs, and oversees relations between the federal government and American Indians. Interior had been charged with managing an account for the money tribes received for commercial exploitation of their land. This account had been set up in 1885, but had been famously mismanaged ever since. The Clinton administration had begun the process of tracking down all the money that was owed to these tribes since 1885, and by 2002 the process still had another ten years to go. Republicans had inserted a provision into the bill that funded the Interior Department for 2003 that cut the time period covered by this review from 118 years to 18 years. Progressives considered this just another attempt to deny American Indians the funds that had been promised to them by law. They supported an amendment by Rahall (D-WV) that cut this provision and maintained the account review for the whole period since 1885. The amendment passed by a wide margin, 281-144.

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