Feds auditing nearly $20M in grants to Lower Brule tribe
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal auditors are examining nearly $20 million in grants to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in response to a human rights organization's report this year alleging financial mismanagement in the tribal government that already has been the subject of another federal investigation.
The audits of four projects are meant to make sure the money is being spent and handled correctly, and are not criminal inquiries, an official at the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General said. The inspection of $19.15 million in awards spanning several years comes at a sustained period of legal deadlock in the tribal government.