It is widely reported that the federal government has a trust relationship with the Indian peoples of this land, one of the many distinctive features of the indigenous/federal relationship. Despite the importance of this concept, legal and political commentators and, surprisingly, federal policy makers have radically conflicting definitions of what the trust relationship actually means.
Copyright © 1998 Indian Country Communications. This article first appeared in News from Indian Country (February 1998), 15A.
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Wilkins, David E. “Will Tribes Ever be Able to ‘Trust’ their Federal Trustee?” News from Indian Country 12, no. 3 (February 1998), 15A.