posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 02:14 PM
Apparently this stems from a class action case filed on the behalf of 300,000 Amerindians against the Dept. of the Interior. The case is over the
Amerindians not being paid for certain land deals. The Judge presiding over it since the begining has actually ordered Norton, whom he has stated has
acted dishonestly at times in the proceedings, to either appear in person or face a decision.
The government has yet to account for mismanaged oil, gas, timber and grazing royalties from Indian-owned land.
Norton's spokesman, Dan DuBray, would not say whether Norton might appear before the judge. He said Norton would respond to the judge's request
through her lawyers.
Lamberth said in his latest order that "the only evidence that might persuade the court to reassess its determination ... would be direct evidence of
the secretary's intent" — her own testimony before him in court.
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Representatives of the department haven't given an answer and deny any dishonesty or wrongdoing and state that they are approaching the situation
openly. But apparently the Justice Department has also requested that the Judge reconsider.
The amerindians were treated savagely regardless of the justifications offered for it. For a government official to be so openly accused of complete
and utter disregard for basic decency and the simple rule of law, and to flaunt power so vindicively, is a serious violation under any standard of
civilization. I find it amazing that she hasn't made a personal appearance thus far, although I do caution that I don't know specifically if thats
how these sorts of things are resolved.
Her actions, particulalry having third persons indicate that she might not appear, and not even announcing to the press what her intentions are,
pretty incredible. One would reasonably expect someone to do what they can to rectify the situation.
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[edit on 9-2-2005 by Nygdan]