Modern Indian war: Bad faith begets a bad deal

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“We knew about the problem, of course, but it was so enormous,” John Echohawk, soft-spoken Boulder attorney and founder of the Native American Rights Fund recalled. “No one ever got serious about pursuing it.” More than a century before, the U.S. had taken control of Indian property as trustee. Much later, the Bureau of Indian Affairs boss, Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbit, would testify that he knew of dozens of government reports critical of the BIA’s handling of the trust fund.Even superstar athlete Jim Thorpe was denied his own Individual Indian Trust Fund money to travel to Stockholm to compete …
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