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9:27 am
Sat August 14, 2010

BIA Audit

Tahlequah, OK – Cherokee marshal's evidence room audited by BIA

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent says the federal agency is auditing the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service's evidence room at the request of the tribe.

BIA Special Agent Mike McCoy says the audit has been going on for about two weeks. He says the BIA's professional standards division is performing the audit at the request of the Marshal Service but that he does not know how long it will take. He says no exit interview has been conducted.

Tribal councilor Bill John Baker says he and his counterparts have not been given any information about the investigation.

In a statement, tribal Marshal Sharon Wright says BIA personnel are reviewing the service's evidence procedures. Wright says the marshal service's future procedures could be revised based on recommendations made by the auditors.

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Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, http://www.muskogeephoenix.com

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