46 Gonz. L. Rev. 609 (2010-2011)
An Unbroken Chain of Injustice: The Dawes Act, Native American Trusts, and Cobell v. Salazar

handle is hein.journals/gonlr46 and id is 615 raw text is: An Unbroken Chain of Injustice: The Dawes Act, Native
American Trusts, and Cobell v. Salazar
Armen H. Merjian*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION                            ............................................ 610
II. THE DAWES ACT: LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY ETHNIC
CLEANSING          ............................................... 613
III. COBELL V. SALAZAR: INJUSTICE COMPOUNDED BY INJUSTICE..............619
A. Bleak House Revisited.      ............................... 623
B.   The Phase I Trial..................................627
C. Intransigence and Delay       .............................630
D. Contempt Number Two ....................                 .......... 633
E.   The Phase 1.5 Trial.......................             .......... 636
F. A Scandal on Navajo Land      ..................    ............ 637
G. Congress'Last-Minute Rider..................................... 639
H.   Utter Depravity, Moral Turpitude,  and Obstinate
Litigiousness       ...................................... 641
I.   Who Will Rid Me of this Meddlesome Judge? .......        .......642
J.   No Thanks, We'll Take the Accounting .....................645
K. Historical Accounting Impossible,  Judge Robertson Issues
an Award......................................... 647
L. A Settlement at Last       .....................................653
IV. CONCLUSION.           ....................................   .......... 657
Concealed behind the benevolent fagade of the American mission
civilisatrice is the brutal reality of invasion, slavery, forced relocation,
genocide, land theft, ethnocide, and forcible denial of the right to self-
determination wholly incompatible with contemporary understandings of
U.S.-Indian history and with the notions of justice informing the human
rights regime. It is perhaps impossible to overstate the magnitude of the
human injustice perpetrated against Indian people in denial of their right
to exist, on their aboriginal landbase, as self-determining peoples: indeed,
the severity and duration of the harms endured by the original inhabitants
*    Member, New York and Connecticut Bars. B.A. Yale University 1986; J.D.
Columbia University 1990. The author is a civil rights and poverty lawyer at Housing
Works, Inc., the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in the State of New York. The
author wishes to thank Keith Harper for his assistance.

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