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Background Native American Trust Fund: Massive Mismanagement 

Elouise Cobell has posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her advocacy for Native American self-determination and financial independence. FCNL lobbied Congress to approve the settlement in Cobell's lawsuit against the U.S. government to ensure Native Americans were paid for the income on land held in trust for them.

Background The Origins of our Trust Responsibility Towards the Tribes 

The federal government has a general trust responsibility towards the tribes, meaning that it should look out for the welfare of tribal members. The general trust concept has become solidified in law and policy, and has become a keystone of decisions regarding American Indians reflected in congressional policies, executive branch directives and decisions, and judicial opinions.

Background Reclaiming Identity: The Repatriation of Native Remains and Culture 

Repatriation involves a return to one's own people. In the Native American context, repatriation involves returning Native American human remains and cultural objects back to tribal members or governments centuries after their collection. 

Background Hawaiian Native Rights and Self-Determination 

The "Akaka Bill" to give Native Hawaiians similar self-governance rights to Native American tribal authorities did not become law.

Background Religious Freedom for Native Americans 

Native American religious practices and the sanctity of sacred sites should be protected as de facto First Amendment rights.

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