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Convoluted Essence: Indian Rights And The Federal Trust Doctrine, David E. Wilkins Jan 1997

Convoluted Essence: Indian Rights And The Federal Trust Doctrine, David E. Wilkins

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In recent years there has been growing resentment from what one might term, for lack of a better phrase, the "anti-trust" segment. These commentators have offered a host of arguments to support their position: the trust doctrine has been and is still used primarily to "give moral color to depredations of tribes;" it is "an assertion of unrestrained political power over Indians, power that may be exercised without Indian consent and without substantial legal restraint;" and it is really a "metaphor for federal control of Indian affairs without signifying any enforceable rights of the tribal `beneficiaries.'" Yet others suggest that ...