BIA internet access continues shutdown due to Cobell case

The government has requested that the federal court imposed ban on internet access for the BIA be lifted.  The court originally imposed the moratorium by stipulation of the government and the plaintiffs in the 1996 Cobell class action litigation.  The ban was necessary because the BIA computers were not safe from hackers entering the system and apparently creating their own accounts and moving money between Individual Indian money accounts.  U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson turned down the BIA’s request.

The new head of the BIA, Asst. Secretary Carl Artman, claims the BIA is severely limited in its operations and communications by this continuing ban on BIA internet useage. Artman also contests the Cobell plaintiffs claim that the case is worth $100 billion. 

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