2003- House Oversight Hearing on “Tribal Self-Governance”

“While a good start, a number of tribes observed problems in implementing the Act, such as cumbersome Federal regulations that prevented tribes from tailoring services and programs to suit the special needs of their members. Moreover, a 1987 investigative series published in the Arizona Republic revealed gross waste, fraud
and mismanagement in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. These factors gave rise to a series of actions and laws establishing tribal self-governance. Under self-governance arrangements, tribes effectively step into the shoes of the Federal Government and carry out the various Federal programs, services and functions in a manner that best works for tribes and their members.”