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  • Perspectives on Tribal Land Acquisition in 2010: A Call To Action  on June 3, 2010.  For complete symposium & primary source documents click here.

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"Great nations, like great men, should keep their word.

On June 3, 2010 the Center for Indian Law and Policy hosted a symposium for tribal leaders, lawyers, law school professors, federal officials, bankers, environmental experts and others to review the status of efforts by Indian tribes to place land in trust for various purposes.  The discussion at the symposium was transcribed by certified court reporters from the Seattle firm of Van Pelt, Corbett, Bellows.  This report contains the Agenda for the symposium, the transcript, copies of the materials used by those who made formal presentations and papers prepared by Professors Anderson and Skibine for inclusion in this report.  The Appendices include various documents related to the fee-to-trust process, including a paper prepared by Professors Rand and Light, all of which will be of interest to attorneys, tribal leaders, federal officials, students and Indian law scholars.  Everything in the report is searchable and each document is linked to the Table of Contents to facilitate the use of the report.

We are grateful to all of those who attended and participated in the symposium. We thank everyone who made presentations and served on panels or as moderators. We particularly want to thank the tribal leaders who took the time to share their experiences and history.  We also want to offer special thanks to Michael Black, Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Darryl LaCounte, Special Assistant to the Director, Greg Argel, Realty Officer for the Northwest Regional Office of the BIA, Tom Caster, BLM Indian Lands Surveyor and Mary Anne Kenworthy, Staff Attorney in the Pacific Region Office of the Solicitor.  All of these federal officials were in attendance for the entire symposium, offered valuable insights and information in their areas of expertise and were very attentive listeners."



          Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation, 362 U.S. 99,142 (1960) (Justice Black,  Dissenting Opinion).

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