[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 71 (Friday, April 12, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21963-21964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08616]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary

[DR5A311.IA000113]


Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary is announcing that the Secretarial 
Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform (the Commission) 
will hold a public meeting on April 29, 2013. During the public 
meeting, the Commission will: gain insights about how the UN 
Declaration can be implemented in support of tribes; hear the top three 
recommendations from tribal representatives and members of the United 
South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., that would improve or strengthen trust 
management and/or administration; update the public regarding draft 
recommendations and receive public comments; and attend to operational 
activities of the Commission.

DATES: The Commission's public meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 
5 p.m. on April 29, 2013. Members of the public who wish to attend 
should RSVP by April 24, 2013, to: trustcommission@ios.doi.gov. Members 
of the public who wish to participate via virtual meeting should 
register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/893317865 by April 
24, 2013, and instructions on how to join the meeting will be sent to 
your email address. Virtual participation is limited to 100 
participants.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at One Century Place 
Conference Center, Conference Room 104, 26 Century Blvd., 
Nashville, TN 37214. We encourage you to RSVP to 
trustcommission@ios.doi.gov by April 24, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Official, 
Lizzie Marsters, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary, Department of 
the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Room 6118, Washington, DC 20240; or 
email to Lizzie_Marsters@ios.doi.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and 
Reform was established under Secretarial Order No. 3292, dated December 
8, 2009. The Commission plays a key role in the Department's ongoing 
efforts to empower Indian nations and strengthen nation-to-nation 
relationships.
    The Commission will complete a comprehensive evaluation of the 
Department's management and administration of the trust assets within a 
two-year period and offer recommendations to the Secretary of the 
Interior on how to improve in the future. The Commission will:
    (1) Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's 
management and administration of the trust administration system;
    (2) Review the Department's provision of services to trust 
beneficiaries;
    (3) Review input from the public, interested parties, and trust 
beneficiaries which should involve conducting a number of regional 
listening sessions;
    (4) Consider the nature and scope of necessary audits of the 
Department's trust administration system;
    (5) Recommend options to the Secretary to improve the Department's 
management and administration of the trust administration system based 
on information obtained from the Commission's activities, including 
whether any legislative or regulatory changes are necessary to 
permanently implement such improvements; and
    (6) Consider the provisions of the American Indian Trust Fund 
Management Reform Act of 1994 providing for the termination of the 
Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, and make 
recommendations to the Secretary regarding any such termination.

Meeting Details

    On Monday, April 29, 2013, the Commission will hold a meeting open 
to the public. The following items will be on the agenda:

Monday, April 29, 2013

     Invocation;
     Welcome, introductions, agenda review;
     Presentation and discussion on UN Declaration on the 
Rights of Indigenous Peoples and International Trust Models;
     Panel session regarding the Vision of Trust Management 
Model, Responsibility and Reform;
     Commission Operations Reports and Decision Making;
     Panel session regarding Trust Reform and Administration;

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     Commission review and discussion of preliminary 
recommendations and public comment;
     Closing thoughts from United South and Eastern Tribes, 
Inc.;
     Review action items, meeting accomplishments; and
     Closing blessing, adjourn.

Written comments may be sent to the Designated Federal Official listed 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. All meetings are 
open to the public; however, transportation, lodging, and meals are the 
responsibility of the participating public. To review all related 
material on the Commission's work, please refer to http://www.doi.gov/cobell/commission/index.cfm.

    Dated: April 8, 2013.
David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-08616 Filed 4-11-13; 8:45 am]
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