While Native Americans struggle to preserve their traditions and history, the United States continues to advance to the next century. There is over 50 million acres of Indian land with most of it being arid and in remote areas. Many Indian communities still rely on their land for hunting, fishing, and farming (Land-Into-Trust). Some of these lands are suffering significant environmental problems. Safe drinking water, sewage treatment, and chemical waste are a few of the problems that they face. The federal government in a trust status holds the title to Native American land. (Land-Into-Trust) The trust is in place to ensure that the land is available to current and future generations of tribal members. Trust status means that the land falls under tribal government authority and limitations on how the land is used. Actions regarding these lands must have federal approval (Land-Into-Trust). The Department of the Inferior acquired the ability to take land into trust with the 1934 Indian
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