The Bend Bulletin reports the confederation asked the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General for an investigation in early March. Tribal officials say Warm Springs is nearing the brink of bankruptcy.
The inspector general’s office declined to confirm whether an investigation was under way.
Warm Springs’ secretary-treasurer Jake Suppah said the tribes have overspent more than $100 million over the past 10 years, putting at risk senior pensions, monthly payouts to tribal members, and essential services such as tribal courts and police.
The Warm Springs tribes are a sovereign nation, but they receive federal money, giving the inspector general authority to investigate possible misuse of funds.