(1887 - 1973)
Federal responsibility for administering the affairs of individual Indian tribes should be terminated as rapidly as the circumstances of each tribe will permit.
U.S. Senator for Utah, champion of terminating Indian treaty
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)