This essay has three major sections. In section one, I examine the Congress's constitutional responsibility for administration of the federal government's affairs with tribes. In section two, I describe the history of the various Indian committees from 1820 to 1977. Section three details the legislative record of the Senate Select Committee during its sixteen-year existence (1977-1993) as a "select" entity. Substantive policy content analysis of the committee's legislative activity, which is the next logical step leading to the construction of a theory or theories about congressional committees and their impact on the development of sound federal Indian policy, must await additional research. I then offer some concluding remarks.

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Copyright © 1995 Pallas Lap- és Könyvkiadó Vállalat. This article first appeared in European Review of Native American Studies (August 1995), 27-34.

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