"The work of the Indian Lands and Public Lands Alliance to bring Native Americans into the public lands management efforts is an effective way to protect wild places."
-Sally Jewell, (Former) Secretary of the Interior, 7/26/17
Federal lands and Indian lands have been two of the hottest debated topics from colonial times to the present. In the 1930's, the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made unique progress on public lands protections, while the Indian New Deal created a much needed sea-change in Indian affairs. While the FDR Administration had its imperfections to be sure, the commitment then to conservation, public works, and respect for Indian sovereignty remains an important case study for today.