Senate Confirmation Hearing For Special Trustee For American Indians - Dec. 11, 2013

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has set Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for the confirmation hearing to appoint Vince Logan (Osage) as the next Special Trustee for American Indians.

In 1994, the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act established the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) to improve the management of the Native American fiduciary trust in the Department of the Interior (DOI). OST manages Native American beneficiaries’ financial assets and is responsible for coordinating reform efforts to improve trust asset management and beneficiary services throughout DOI.

The OST is responsible for:
1. Financial management of the fiduciary trust—including collection of trust funds, accounting, investing and disbursing trust funds to individual and tribal beneficiaries;
2. Appraisals of real property—providing impartial estimates of value for a variety of specific real property interests on land owned in trust or restricted status; and
3. Services provided to trust beneficiaries—coordinating reform efforts to improve overall trust asset management and beneficiary services throughout DOI.

Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised President Obama’s nomination of Logan as Special Trustee.

“Vincent Logan has been a part of the fabric of Indian Country for many years as an investment professional, mentor for Native American attorneys and founding member of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.,” Salazar said in a news release. “His asset management expertise, legal experience and extensive network of professional relationships in Indian Country will well serve the Office of Special Trustee as we work to build a stronger and more responsive trust asset management system for the Nation’s First Americans.”

The Senate confirmation hearing will be broadcast on the internet and can be viewed HERE.

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Leatrice Tanner-Brown - December 9, 2013 4:08 PM

Our case was recently heard on December 5th in the 6th Circuit Court in DC. The case was titled: Harvest Institute Freedmen Federation vs the U.S. We have been trying to have our case heard in lower courts for years in order to establish that the Black Indians/Freedmen Descendants did have a trust relationship with the United States. Please listen to the oral arguments as listed below. We are presently waiting for an opinion from the Court. Leatrice Tanner-Brown, Plaintiff

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