Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
July 21, 2006
| CONTACT: Nedra Darling
|Interior Announces Three Public Tribal Consultation Meetings to Discuss Regulations for Indian Trust Management|
WASHINGTON -- As part of its efforts to improve and reform the management of the Indian trust for the benefit of all Indians, the Department of the Interior has revised existing-and drafted new-federal Indian trust regulations to implement the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) and the Fiduciary Trust Model. The Department held an initial comment period on the first drafts of new regulations from January through April of this year. After incorporating comments, the proposed AIPRA regulations will be published in the Federal Register in coming weeks. A 60-day public comment period will commence when the proposed regulations are published. Interior is seeking input and comments from tribal representatives on these regulations at public meetings in South Dakota, Montana, and Minneapolis.
The first will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota.
In conjunction with the public comment period, Interior encourages tribes, tribal leaders, trust beneficiaries and other individuals working with and on behalf of these groups to submit comments on the proposed regulations. These may be submitted in writing to Michele Singer, 1849 C Street, N.W., MS4141-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240.