Legislation Legacy - was also in charge of collecting and...

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Legislation Legacy In 1996, five Native Americans filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Department of Treasury. The purpose of the lawsuit was to make the government accountable for the appropriate allocation of money retained in a Native American trust. It was also aimed at bringing about permanent reformation of the government trust system. The origin of this lawsuit dates back to 1887. At this period in time, an act dubbed the "Dawes Act" (also known as the "General Allotment Act of 1887") was formed. This act divided tribal lands into parcels of 80 to 160 acres. As trustee for Native Americans, the U.S. Government took legal title of these lands. They there-in established an Individual Indian Trust and assumed full responsibility for management of the chunks of property. This is where things begin to get hairy. Along with “managing” the trust, the government
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Unformatted text preview: was also in charge of collecting and distributing any revenues made from the land (mining, oil/gas extraction, farming, ect). The plaintiffs in the current lawsuit believe that the Department of Interior has kept no accurate records of land-based revenue; along with never distributing the billions of dollars owed to Native American beneficiaries. As the court case continued on, District Judge Royce Lambert ruled that the Secretaries of Interior and Treasury had breached their trust obligation (to the Native Americans). He there-by ordered the Interior Department to provide a historical accounting of all trust funds. In 2006, Judge Lambert was removed from the case and a new judge was brought in to handle further proceedings. As of now, the case is in a legal stalemate....
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