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Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2003
Contact: Nedra Darling, Indian Affairs


Regional Session to be Held June 6 in Window Rock, Arizona

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of the Interior (DOI) will continue its schedule of presentations to employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) on the reorganization of both agencies. This week, employees of the Navajo Region will be briefed on June 6 at the Navajo Nation Museum Auditorium in Window Rock, Ariz. The Department is seeking to increase accountability and efficiency in its trust management functions by reorganizing the agencies that manage Indian trust funds and assets. Presentations are taking place in June at the Bureau's 12 regional offices and other locations around the nation.

The Navajo Region employees will be briefed on the Department's plan for reorganization of the BIA and OST, and on the Comprehensive Trust Management Plan (CTMP) at an 8:30 a.m. session on Friday. The CTMP describes how the new BIA and OST organizational structures will improve the delivery of trust services when the reorganization is completed. Tribal leaders from the region will also be briefed on the reorganization effort in a subsequent session.

In 2002, the Department and the Tribes together undertook an ambitious effort to change the way the BIA and OST deliver trust and non-trust services to Tribes, tribal service populations and trust beneficiaries. The Plan is based on agreements reached with the Joint Tribal Leaders/DOI Task Force established by Secretary Gale Norton to examine and recommend proposals for improving service delivery to recipients and beneficiaries.

WHO:        U.S. Department of the Interior

WHAT:       Departmental presentations on the reorganization of the BIA and OST to
                    Navajo Region Federal employees.

WHEN:       Friday, June 6, 2003 (all start times are local time):
                    8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Presentation of BIA/OST reorganization
                    10:00 a.m.: DOI officials' availability for press interviews and photo ops

WHERE:     Navajo Nation Museum Auditorium, Hwy 264 & Post Office Loop Road,
                    Window Rock, Arizona.

CREDENTIALS: Press registration will be provided. Please bring your sanctioned media credentials and if possible, wear on your shirt collar or around your neck for easy viewing. This will assist our staff. Press seating will be provided.



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