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Office of the Secretary
March 5, 2008
Contact: Debby Pafel
 (202) 208-4289

Special Trustee for American Indians Addresses Second Graduating Class of the Certified Federal Surveyors Program

Program Graduates are Available to Conduct Surveys on Federal Trust Lands

Special Trustee Ross Swimmer, Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, will deliver the keynote speech at the graduation event of the Certified Federal Surveyors (CFedS) program. The dinner and ceremony will take place 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Spokane, Washington, on March 8, 2008.

“My office has been working with DOI’s Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs since the inception of this program,” said Special Trustee Swimmer. “Now we need to get the word out to Tribes and individual Indians that the professional licensed surveyors who have taken this special training are ready to address the unique survey requirements on federal trust lands.”

Among those invited to the evening’s celebration of this year’s CFedS program graduates are the Chairmen from nine local tribes, the Rocky Mountain and Northwest regional directors and the chief cadastral surveyor with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and dignitaries from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, which partners with the federal government in the CFedS program.

The CFedS program trains registered private land surveyors in the methods, orders, and procedures of surveying federal interest lands. Learn more about the CFedS program at www.cfeds.org.




The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) was established in 1994 to provide management oversight of the Department of the Interiorís fiduciary responsibility for the Indian trust fund. OST also has operational responsibility for investment, receipt, and disbursement of Indian trust funds; and real estate appraisals on Indian trust lands. Visit the OST website at www.doi.gov/ost.