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Indian Trust Asset Reform Act set to become law following house vote


WASHINGTON D.C.— With an apparently unanimous voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR-812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, Feb. 24, following several supporting statements from both Republican and Democratic representatives from across the country.

“This word trust has two pretty distinct meanings,” said Denny Heck, D-Washington. “It can be the belief that someone or something is trustworthy. The belief you can take them at their word. On the other hand, trust can also be a financial or property arrangement.”

“The irony is a trust in the property management sense is that that often arises from a lack of trust, as in honesty,” continued Heck. “When it comes to Indian Country, they have plenty of historical reasons to lack trust when it comes to the federal government, but the federal government does not have any reasons not to trust Indian Country to manage their own resources.”


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