Indian Claims Commission Act at 75: A Look Back and a Look Forward

April 13, 2021 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm


This event is co-sponsored by the D.C. Bar and the Environmental Law Institute.

On August 13, 1946, Congress enacted the Indian Claims Commission Act, which aimed "to dispose of the Indian claims problem with finality." Over the next sixty years, Indian Tribes litigated hundreds of legal, equitable, and moral claims against the United States under the Act. Nonetheless, seventy-five years after the Commission's creation, difficult legal and moral questions remain regarding the United States' ongoing trust and treaty obligations to Native Nations, and the legacy of colonialism in the United States. This panel event will explore the legacy of the Indian Claims Commission, with the goal of tracing that legacy from the Act's passage through its impact on current sovereign-to-sovereign relationships.

Kenneth Dalton, Administrative Judge, Interior Board of Indian Appeals, Moderator
Melody L. McCoy, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
Reid Chambers, Partner, Sonosky Chambers Sachse Endreson & Perry LLP
Sam Hirsch, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
Hilary Tompkins, Partner, Hogan, Lovells

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