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Cobell v. Norton

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


December 17, 2001

ELOISE PEPION COBELL, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
GALE NORTON, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Royce C. Lamberth United States District Judge

ORDER

Upon consideration of Interior Defendants' Motion to Permit Filing Modified Form of Trust Reform Status Report For the Period Ending October 31, 2001, and Interior Defendants' Emergency Motion to Stay Filing of Eighth Quarterly Trust Reform Status Report Pending Ruling on Motion to Permit Modified Form of Report, it is hereby

ORDERED that the Interior Defendants' Motion to Permit Filing Modified Form of Trust Reform Status Report For the Period Ending October 31, 2001 is DENIED; further, it is

ORDERED that the Interior Defendants' Emergency Motion to Stay Filing of Eighth Quarterly Trust Reform Status Report Pending Ruling on Motion to Permit Modified Form of Report is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. The Defendants shall have an additional thirty days from this date to comply with the Court's December 21, 1999 order. That order provides that:

1. Beginning March 1, 2000, defendants shall file with the court and serve upon plaintiffs quarterly status reports setting forth and explaining the steps that defendants have taken to rectify the breaches of trust declared today and to bring themselves into compliance with their statutory trust duties embodied in the Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 and other applicable statutes and regulations governing the IIM trust.

2. Each quarterly report shall be limited, to the extent practical, to actions taken since the issuance of the preceding quarterly report. Defendants' first quarterly report, due March 1, 2000, shall encompass actions taken since June 10, 1999.

It is further ORDERED that the Secretary of Interior shall personally sign all forthcoming quarterly reports.

SO ORDERED.

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