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U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-412). Enacted to improve the management and accountability of Indian trust funds administered by the Department of Interior.

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U.S. Department of the Interior

Office of the Special Trustee

for American Indians


American indian trust fund management reform act of 1994 public law 103 412
American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994(Public Law 103-412)

  • Enacted to improve the management and accountability of Indian trust funds administered by the Department of Interior.

  • Provide an opportunity for Indian Tribes to directly manage their trust funds.


The Office of the Special Trustee For American Indians (OST)

  • Created to provide fiduciary guidance, oversight, management and leadership for both tribal trust accounts and IIM accounts.

  • Oversees and coordinates the establishment of consistent policies, procedures, systems and practices throughout DOI.

  • Ensures DOI is fulfilling its fiduciary trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Office of the special trustee for american indians ost mission
Office of the Special Trustee For American Indians (OST) Mission

To perform our fiduciary trust responsibilities to American Indian tribes, individual Indians, and Alaska Natives by incorporating a beneficiary focus and beneficiary participation while providing effective, competent stewardship and management of trust assets.


OST Organizational Chart Mission

Special Trustee for American Indians

Ross Swimmer

Principal Deputy Special Trustee

Donna Erwin

Deputy Special Trustee – Field Operations

Doug Lords

Trust Beneficiary Call Center1-888-678-6836

Office of Appraisal Services

Regional Trust Administrators

Trust Officers


Fiduciary Trust Officer Mission

  • A Fiduciary Trust Officer is a person who takes care of funds or assets that are held in trust accounts for someone’s benefit (that person is known as a “beneficiary”)!

    • Tribe

    • Individual Indian Account Holder

  • Primary contact for trust beneficiaries regarding information related to their trust accounts.

  • Work closely with Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent on beneficiary issues.



The indian trust
The Indian Trust Mission

  • The Indian trust represents the largest land trust in the U.S. and encompasses approximately 56 million acres of land.

  • Interior manages more than 100,000 leases on these lands.

  • Funds from leasing, use permits, land sales, and interest totaling approximately $300 million per year, are collected for about 323,000 open IIM accounts.

  • Approximately $500 million is collected each year in 1,450 tribal accounts for over 250 tribes.


Rocky mountain region
Rocky Mountain Region Mission

  • Manages in Trust 6,421,335 acres

    • Tribal Trust Acreage 3,490,753

    • Allotted Acreage 2,930,582

  • Approximately 90% is in Agricultural Leases.

  • Rocky Mountain process approximately 37% of all the transactions Indian Country wide


Beneficiary information needed for a will
Beneficiary Information Needed for a Will. Mission

  • Individual Interest/Tribal Report (ITI)

  • Beneficiary enrollment number, birth date, family information.

  • How beneficiary desires to distribute their assets at death.


Rocky Mountain Region Fiduciary Trust Officers Mission

  • Regional Office Billings - Wendlon Bruce Loudermilk, CIFTS

    490 N. 31st Street Suite 302 Billings, MT 59101 (406) 657-6750

  • Blackfeet - Lisa Bullshoe, CIFTS

    531SE Boundary St #212, PO Box 880, Browning MT 59417 (406) 338-4358

  • Northern Cheyenne - Lynnette T. Verlanic, CTFA, CIFTS PO Box 40 Lame Deer MT 59043 (406) 477-8289

  • Crow Agency -

    PO Box 69 Crow Agency MT 59022 (406) 638-4405

  • Fort Belknap - Howard Bemer

    100 BIA Road, Harlem, MT 59526 (406) 353-2281

  • Fort Peck - Charles Knowlton, CIFTS PO Box 637, Poplar, MT 59255 (406) 768-3288

  • Wind River - Richard Ortiz, CIFTSP.O. Box 158, Fort Washakie, WY 82514(307) 332-3669


Questions

Questions Mission


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