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In a 131-page report, Inspector General Earl E. Devaney said he became aware of the problems associated with the system while investigating the Minerals Management Service. The agency commissioned the system in 1999 to handle over $8 billion in oil and gas payments on federal and Indian lands.
But eight years and $149 million later, the Minerals Revenue Management (MRM) Support System doesn't appear to be living up to its goals. Interior employees -- including an Indian trust manager who was ousted by the Bush administration -- have complained that the government, tribes and individual Indians have lost millions of dollars because the system doesn't work as promised.
"Consequently, many Indian people lost their homes, automobiles and livestock," Kevin Gambrell, the former director of the Farmington Indian Minerals Office, which oversees 8,000 Navajo landowners, said in Congressional testimony this past March.
In his report, Devaney lists some of the complaints against the system, which was developed by Accenture, a spin-off of the former Arthur Andersen accounting firm. Employees said it took twice as long to complete common tasks and that the system failed to bill and collect interest from energy companies who drill on federal and Indian lands.
Originally posted by geocom
The Native American of yesteryear has gone the way of the cowboy I mean it is not like they still send out hunting parties and such they live in houses and have normal jobs just like you and I..
I went to school on the FlatHead Reservation in Ronan MT for Forestry and it was really no different than where I live now the biggest difference was the terrain everything else was the same schools, roads, phones (yep no smoke signals) offices, they even had real stores that you could shop in..
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
The legality of this is probably a bit more advanced that we can summarise here, and will no doubt go down to the fine print. That's what I want to know, if they are going to fully go through with this.
Indeed, if they can make a tax haven and lure industries and businesses in, then they are set. They need to hire some country consultants
Originally posted by superheterodyne
These people in my opinion are far more advanced than any common euro-american in that they dont need none of that. They are quite capable of doing things with the land that they have.
Originally posted by infinite
with United Nations backing...
Originally posted by DeadFlagBlues
Anybody who fights for what is right in these times of modern oppression ( and post oppression ) should be given nothing but respect. Even if it is just a slight posturing or what have you, I think it's a push in the right direction.
Before meeting with the Native American leaders from the Haudenosaunee, Lakota and Cree nations, among others, Pres. Morales insisted that the gathering be small because he wanted to have a “frank and substantive” discussion on the issues shared by the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
For his part, Pres. Morales, who is an Aymara Indian, emphasized the need for continued contacts between the Indigenous people of the hemisphere and stated that the “time has come for resistance to power.”
BOSTON -- The planned delivery of low-cost heating oil from Venezuela's CITGO Petroleum Corp. to Massachusetts and New York state is under way, while American Indians continue talks with CITGO to bring low-cost heating oil and gasoline to tribes. American Indian activist Robert Free Galvan, who is organizing efforts with CITGO, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is demonstrating to the world that there is another way to engage in the sale of oil and gas. "CITGO holds very highly their corporate social responsibility and ...