Of The Day
But, sometimes not every day.
"I have never seen more egregious
misconduct by the Federal Government," the Judge said. "The
Government has engaged in a shocking pattern of deception of
the court and the people." Now, you are probably
thinking Monica and Bill here, but no. This time it's Geronimo
and Crazy Horse. Nearly A century ago, America Indians, in an
organized and formal request, asked the American Government for
a "simple accounting of land and money held in trust for
them since the days of the treaty signings." And, this is
no joke. The lawsuit and the judge's decision, now coming to
fruition was like a bolt of lightning hitting the government
unawares, yesterday. The Judge held in contempt of court, two
of the highest and most prestigious Clinton Cabinet officials
there are: Robert Rubin and Bruce
Babbitt. The order citing official deceit, involves billions
of dollars in money and land held in trust for as many 500,000
Indians for a century or more.
The Clinton Administration states that it has inherited this
mess and that it has done more than any other administration
to straighten it out. The President has requested $150 million
to begin an accounting. The Government estimates that the "accounts"
generate around $300 million per year, but the exact details
will be difficult, at best, to assemble. Ms. Cobell stated that
if a private banking concern had handled the money they the Federal
Government did they would certainly be closed down and the officers
sent to prison.