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Missing Native Americans October 19, 2006 8:29 AM

http://www.doi.gov/ost/LocatingIIM/A_Z/l.html

I came across this site and was astounded at the number of missing Native Americans

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Crossposted from my other group October 20, 2006 7:49 AM


Joye B.
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 Thursday, 2:07 PM

From the above website... just another page...

"The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) is seeking current addresses for the Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders listed at the left of this page. All Whereabouts Unknown (WAU) accounts have funds to be disbursed to the rightful owner.

If you are or you know an account holder whose whereabouts is unknown to OST, please contact OST and provide the information below. OST will send the accountholder the required forms to update the IIM account.


Information needed to request OST forms:

Name of account holder (First, M.I., Last name)
Current address
Telephone number


WRITE:

OST
Attn: Whereabouts Unknown Coordinator
4400 Masthead St., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109


CALL:

Toll Free
1- 888 - 678- 6836 ext 392 "

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 October 20, 2006 7:53 AM


Joye B.
Joye has received 15 new, 590 total stars from Care2 membersJoye has been awarded 207 butterflies for taking action at Care2
 Thursday, 2:18 PM

It's important to realize that many of these poeple have simply not updated their recent address with their local, regional BIA Office. They are owed money on their IIM account. NOT every native has an IIM account either. I don't.. my grandma does... she has land which she leases to a non native rancher, the proceeds from that lease money go into a Individual account held in trust by the federal government, then once a year they send her, my grandma the money... some people have mineral rights, some have water rights which are being used by non natives on Indian land and so they too must pay the IIM account holder.. now all this sounds real good doesn't it? However that is not always the case... traditionally Indian held land is not issued the same value on non native land and hence can be leased at a radically disparate number to land owned by non natives right next to them... The values and lease amounts have not changed very much since the initiation of reservations either.. so there is no keeping up with the cost of living in making the numbers for leased land available to non Indian ranchers and farmers... also there is a famous court case called Cobell Vs. Norton which was settled last year but brought to light the pilfering of billions of dollars of money owed to IIM account holders by the BIA. so.. now you know the rest of the story...

The people on the list may not have updated their records with the BIA (heck I found out the BIA still had me as married to my first husband even though I had divorced him 15 years ago! and remarried!), they may have moved off the reservation and moved several times since that time, some may have passed on, and some may not want to be found... there could be any number of reasons why the US doesn't know where they are...and of course you have to follow their procedure and fill everything out just right..lol.. red tape, red tape, red tape...

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