Indian trust commission holds final meeting

WASHINGTON A commission that spent two years examining and to offer recommendations to improve on the Department of Interior’s management and administration of Individual Indian Money Accounts and tribal trust assets has held its final meeting.

The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform held its final meeting Dec. 10 by webinar, completing its prescribed two-year evaluation mandate by submitting its final report and recommendations to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

Tex G. Hall, chairman of Three Affiliated Tribes and past president of the National Congress of American Indians, was among the five-member group. He’s also serving as chairman of the Inter Tribal Economic Alliance and chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association.

The commission built on the historic $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement that adjudicated long-standing tribal trust management claims. The group convened numerous meetings around the country to receive ideas, recommendations and proposals regarding the current management, administration and delivery of trust services.

Jewell said she looked forward to reviewing the commission’s recommendations as they seek to identify opportunities for enhancing the trust administration system’s accountability, transparency, responsiveness and efficiency.