In an action seeking an accounting of funds held by federal officials on behalf of American Indians, district court's order that an accounting is impossible is vacated as the holding of impossibility contradicted the requirement of an equitable accounting. The district court is instructed to provide the trust beneficiaries the best accounting possible, in a reasonable time, with the money that Congress is willing to appropriate.
Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Argued May 11, 2009
Decided July 24, 2009
Before: SENTELLE, Chief Judge, GINSBURG, Circuit Judge, and RANDOLPH, Senior Circuit Judge.
Opinion by SENTELLE, Chief Judge.
For Appellant: Dennis M. Gingold
For Appellee: Alisa B. Klein, U.S. Department of Justice.