It’s been said that the only real law of history is the law of unintended consequences. My candidate for good intentions gone haywire comes courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its fee-to-trust program.
Considered the capstone of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the program allows the bureau to take non-reservation land into a federal trust on behalf of tribes for housing and economic development free from local regulation and taxes.
The intent of the program is noble — redressing historical wrongs suffered by Native Americans and enabling tribal self-determination. (Click here to read the full article)