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U.S. Chided for Providing Sloppy Tribal Records

(CN) - The federal government failed to fulfill the Ak-Chin Indian Community's request for records, instead supplying documents that were "substantially rearranged and commingled with the documents of at least one other tribe," the Court of Federal Claims ruled.

The Ak-Chin tribe asked for records from the government's American Indian Records Repository (AIRR) on May 30, and the government made the records available on Aug. 29 at the repository, located in Lenexa, Kan.

When the documents were prepared, they were out of order and mixed with other tribal records, Judge Hewitt noted.

The claims court ruled that the government failed to comply adequately with the tribe's request.

"Defendants have not made the requisite showing of consistency between the manner in which documents are maintained at the agency office and the filing system at the AIRR."

In order to comply with tribe's request, Hewitt ruled, the government must produce documents that are "organized and labeled to correspond to the categories in the plaintiff's requests."

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