Duffy Requests Audit of the Lac Courte Oreilles’ Tribal Finances

Washington D.C. – (RealEstateRama) —  House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Sean Duffy (WI-07) requests that the Departments of the Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services and Bureau of Indian Affairs conduct a forensic audit of all Tribal accounts and programs of the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Band of Lake Superior Chippewas. He made the request on behalf of 113 members of the tribe who sent Rep. Duffy a petition over concerns about alleged mismanagement of Federal funds by the LCO Tribal Governing Board.

In his letter to the Secretaries, Rep. Duffy writes in part: “The allegedly misappropriated funds should have been used to pay for essential services for the tribal community such as education, healthcare and housing.  Instead, health insurance premiums have gone unpaid, schools have fallen into disrepair, and mold contaminations in homes have been left untreated.  Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe deserve to know funds provided to their tribe by the U.S. federal government are being spent in an open, accountable and transparent manner.  A timely and comprehensive forensic audit of the LCO’s tribal accounts will ensure that all funds are accounted for and being put to the best use possible.”

To read the full, signed, copy of the letter, click here.

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