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BIA Head Pressured to Resign

7 May 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by the Hartford Courant: "The director of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs should resign if he's not willing to oversee the critical area of recognition of new tribes, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said Thursday.

"Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, agrees.

"Dodd's call for BIA Director David Anderson to step aside comes as Congress and the Department of Interior investigate whether private gambling investors are influencing the recognition of Indian tribes.

"…Simmons said Anderson's job is to oversee recognition - not retreat from it.

"'If Dave Anderson's ties to Indian gaming are so extensive that he feels compelled to choose recusal, he should resign immediately and the president should nominate someone who can oversee all the activities of the BIA'" Simmons said.

"Anderson, who once co-founded a gambling company and helped Indians manage casinos, recently asked Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton to be relieved of tribal recognition responsibilities and other matters related to gambling…"

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