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Tribal Letter to the Honorable Deb Haaland, Secretary Department of Interior

September 15, 2021

“Dear Secretary Haaland:

The federal government’s trust responsibility toward sovereign Indian nations dates back to the very beginning of the country. First acknowledged as early as 1831 in the trio of Supreme Court cases known as the “Marshall Trilogy,” it was the Court’s holding in Worcester v. Georgia in 1832 that laid the foundations for tribal sovereignty. This foundation has survived several eras in federal Indian policy. From termination and relocation to allotment and assimilation. We are now living in the era of self-determination, yet recent actions reminds us that we have much work to do.”



Last modified: September 15, 2021