The Seattle University Center for Indian Law and Policy and the Intertribal Timber Council are sponsoring a Symposium on Reform of the Federal Trust Responsibility on October 3, 2014 in Seattle. The Symposium will explore opportunities to significantly improve the benefits that Tribal communities can gain from their natural resource heritage. The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn will be a panelist, as will practitioners and scholars from around the nation along with House and Senate staff.
Seattle University Professor Eric Eberhard summarized the program’s intent:
We are witnessing a convergence of several factors that 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. General fiscal challenges confronting the federal government will dramatically alter workforces and budgets. 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 their natural resource heritage is fleeting. The time is ripe for creative, thoughtful exploration of alternative futures for trust administration and resource stewardship.
For more information and to register for the Symposium, click HERE.