BIA is accused of failing to take action to protect the Freedmen. They have failed to take action to protect the Picayune Tribal Members, the Pechanga Disenrolled, the Enterprise Rancheria. They sure get paid a lot of money for inaction.
IS THE BIA GOVERNMENT WASTE?
BIA pressed on freedmen status
by: JIM MYERS
7/6/2008 12:00 AM
A congressional hearing is apparently the goal.
WASHINGTON — Congressional critics of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma continue to press a federal agency concerning the status of the descendants of the tribe's freedmen. One of their major goals apparently is to force the controversial issue before a congressional hearing.
The Cherokee Nation believes such a hearing should be viewed as "blatant interference'' by lawmakers if it is scheduled before pending litigation is resolved. As part of their effort to build a record that could lead to a hearing, U.S. Reps. Diane Watson, D-Calif., the most vocal critic of the Cherokee Nation in Congress, and John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, laid out a series of questions concerning the status of the freedmen and the tribe in a letter to George Skibine. Skibine is the acting head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Their questions range from the legal status of the freedmen and the processing of citizenship applications to the BIA's actions to protect freedmen's rights and the federal government's take on the Cherokee constitution. Noting a March meeting with Skibine's predecessor, Carl Artman, the two lawmakers cite complaints they had passed on then that the BIA had failed to take action to protect rights of the freedmen, former slaves of Cherokees.