On the other hand, if the allotment era had not occurred who would then own the land? The Tribes, who like it or not have a better perspective on retaining perpetual ownership of the land. Of course, an individual can gift deed their land interests to the Tribe and thereby achieve a degree of personal altruism. I have seen some non-Indians actually gift their reservation land interests to the Tribe. Also, I am a firm believer in the Tribe as the perpetual reflection of collective interests for Tribal members, including land interests. So, what the Cobell settlement is attempting to assist in resolving through the purchase of fractionated interests is a good thing.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:34