The Future of Trust Administration
October 3rd, 2014 | 7.0 AV CLE Credits | WSBA Approval #382219
A convergence of several factors could substantially alter the course of future trust administration. Tribal leaders and resource managers are gaining recognition, respect, access to capital, and political clout. The Secretarial Commission on Trust Administration and Reform issued its report and recommendations in December, 2013. The fiscal challenges confronting the federal government have already dramatically altered workforces and budgets for domestic discretionary programs, which includes the programs charged with carrying out the trust responsibility. External forces beyond the boundaries of Indian Country continue to adversely affect the environment and threaten the ability of tribes to access and utilize resources that are vital to sustaining their cultures and economies. The opportunity to significantly improve the benefits that tribal communities can gain from sound management of their natural resource heritage is fleeting. The time is ripe for creative, thoughtful exploration of alternative futures for trust administration and resource stewardship.
Note concerning change in original program agenda: Panel 1 and Panel 2 were flipped during the actual presentation, due to time constraints on the part of one of the speakers.
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