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Having failed to sort out the mess that is the Indian Trust Fund, the Department of the Interior has finally gotten rid of Judge Royce Lamberth, the source of such memorable pronouncements as:

“This Court need not sit supinely by waiting, hoping that the Department of Interior complies with the orders of this Court and the fiduciary obligations mandated by Congress…. To do so would be futile. I may have life tenure, but at the rate the Department of Interior is progressing that is not a long enough appointment.”

More on the $176 billion mismanagement case here.

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