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BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs


The Obama administration is encouraging tribes to take more control of their internal affairs by eliminating the role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in overseeing certain elections.

Some tribal constitutions require the BIA to handle all aspects of a Secretarial election, from determining who can vote to printing up ballots to tallying the results. The practice dates to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and the agency says it's time for change.


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