Statement of Matthew L. M. Fletcher Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs -- Oversight Hearing on Fulfilling the Federal Trust Responsibility: The Foundation of the Government-to-Government Relationship
29 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012 Last revised: 21 May 2012
Date Written: May 15, 2012
Today, I hope to provide a brief overview of the historic underpinnings of the federal trust responsibility to Indian nations; discuss the current status of the trust relationship in light of the laudable Congressional policy supporting tribal self-determination and the lamentable Supreme Court jurisprudence in the field; and offer a few suggestions on the future of the trust responsibility and Congress’s role in dealing with Indian affairs.
Keywords: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, federal-tribal trust relationship, federal trust responsibility, federal Indian law, Indian affairs
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