Sen. Arthur Watkins

Federal responsibility for administering the affairs of individual Indian tribes should be terminated as rapidly as the circumstances of each tribe will permit.

(1887 - 1973)

U.S. Senator for Utah, champion of terminating Indian treaty rights

         A U.S. senator from Utah who led the movement in the 1950s to terminate the United States government's trust relationship with Indian tribes.  Watkins also joined forces with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,  Dillon Myer, to initiate a 'relocation' program for reservations Indians, sending them to distant urban center in hopes that they would be absorbed into 'mainstream' society.  This was an effort to resurrect the assimilation policy's of the 19th century. (Click here for more on Watkins)