Wards of the State. The rise of the standing army dramatically changed the interface between Indians and whites, but it was only the tip of the bureaucratic iceberg that came to dominate the lives of Indians. From an early date, Congress and the Supreme Court contended that tribes were to be treated as sovereigns, but Indians became wards of the state with politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., acting as their trustees. Not surprisingly, the effect has not always been maximization 15
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