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4 9 2011 Gallup Independent: More Than 3.5 Million Missing? Forgotten People sue for accounting, Land Commission wants NHLC books audited

4 9 2011 Gallup Independent: More Than 3.5 Million Missing? Forgotten People sue for accounting, Land Commission wants NHLC books audited

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Forgotten People are suing for an accounting of Navajo Rehabilitation Trust Fund monies and want Navajo Hopi Land Commission books audited
Forgotten People are suing for an accounting of Navajo Rehabilitation Trust Fund monies and want Navajo Hopi Land Commission books audited

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TUBACITY-OfficialsattheNavajoHopiLand .CommissionOfficedonotmowhowmuchmoneyisin afederaltrustfundintendedtohelpvictimsoftheNava- jo-Hopilanddispute,." ForgottenPeople,agrassrootsadvocacygroup,is suingthetribaloffice,askingforanexplanationofhow theagencyspentnearly$26million,AlthoughCongress authorized$60millionfortheNavajoRehabilitation TrustFund,only$16,2millionwasactuallyappropriated between1990and1995;another$9,7millionwasearned ininterest,accordingtoa20l
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AccordingtothereportandinterviewswithLand. CommissionOfficeofficials,about$22,4millionwas spentbetween.1990and2010,Thatshouldputthebal- anceinthetrustfundaccountat$3.5million,However, themostrecentfiguresprovidedtotheLandCommis-: sionOfficebytheNavajocontroller'sofficesaysthe fundisintheredbymorethan$206,000. ~'Idon'tagreewiththat,"NavajoHopiLandCommis- sionOfficeDeputyDirectorThomasBenallysaid.His recordsindicatethereshouldbeatotalof$2.9millionin thetrustfund,hesaid. LandCommissionOfficeDirectorRaymondMaxx saidtheofficehasnotregularlyprovidedfinancialinfor-
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