March 25, 2016

Putting Teeth Back Into The Buy Indian Act

Philip Baker-Shenk

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, on Jan. 12, 2016, announced a new policy to improve the implementation of the Buy Indian Act of 1910. The policy, circulated in a memorandum by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs James Burckman, came in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report, released in July 2015, that criticized the federal government's enforcement and implementation of the act. 

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