Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Dave Anderson Resigning As Head of BIA

"Anderson, 52, earlier removed himself from decisions on which tribes get federal recognition, a designation that would allow them to run casinos, among other things. He also declined to be involved in Indian gambling issues to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest, given his past work in the gaming industry."

I didn't understand his excusing himself from either recognition or gaming issues, regardless of his previous experience in the gaming industry. May as well have excused himself as head of the BIA due to his previous experience as an Indian. I think this is symptomatic of the expectation of an antagonistic relationship between the BIA and tribes.