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BIA Official Cleared in Casino Probe

2 July 2004

SACRAMENTO, California – As reported by the Associated Press: "A regional Bureau of Indian Affairs official was cleared of allegations that she used her authority to influence matters in her own tribe as it was seeking approval to build a $100 million casino in Amador County.

"Deputy Regional Director Amy Dutschke, a member of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, did not violate any rule, law or ethical standard, the Interior Department's inspector general concluded earlier this month.

"In a three-page letter dated June 16, Inspector General Earl Devaney said he found no evidence that Dutschke took any official action regarding the tribe or advanced the interests of her family in the tribe…"

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