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This letter dated February 6, 1953, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to US Secretary of the Interior Douglas McKay, outlines the situation surrounding the dismissal of Elizabeth McCleskey from her position as a social worker for the Fort Yates Reservation. Burdick writes that, after examining statements sent to him by those speaking on McCleskey's behalf, he believes she was unfairly treated and should be given a hearing to appeal her dismissal. Burdick closes by stating he does not know McCleskey personally and that his interest in her is out of a sense of justice.
There is a handwritten card attached with notes for writing the letter.
Letter from Representative Burdick to Douglas McKay Regarding Elizabeth McCleskey, February 17, 1953
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Elizabeth McCleskey, wrongful termination, social worker, hearing, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ
Continental Hotel, United States Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Welfare Division for Indians, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ
Douglas McKay, Elizabeth McCleskey, Elizabeth L. McCleskey, Mr. Cooper, Ralph Case
Burdick, Usher, "Letter from Representative Burdick to Douglas McKay Regarding Elizabeth McCleskey, February 6, 1953" (1953). Usher Burdick Papers. 402.