Can Tribes Manage Their Own Resources? A Study of American Indian Forestry and the 638 Program


"…Under the auspices of the federal trust responsibility, the U.S. Federal Government has historically conducted various enterprises, including the maintenance and marketing of Indian timber resources, on behalf of Indian tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Perhals the trust respinsibility was intended as a sort of quid pro quo for disenfranchising the Indians of untold millions of acres of land during the persuit of America's "manifest destiny". Whatever the reason for this federal interest in Indian affairs, the Federal Government has efectively been serving as the executor of a will, while the decedent is alive and well..."

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