Nelson A. Mason



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This letter dated November 1, 1952, from Attorney Nelson A. Mason to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick, informs Burdick of a visit to Mason's office by Fort Yates tribal members wherein they expressed interest in securing a seat for "Indians" in the legislature. Mason writes that he told the Fort Yates tribal members about a similar situation in Maine, and includes a letter from Samuel H. Slosberg that speaks to how members from Maine's indigenous nations sit in as consultants for the state legislature on legislation that will affect them. Mason closes by saying there seems to be genuine interest in implementing something similar in North Dakota.

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Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Nation, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ, Fort Yates, legislature, legislation, representation

Organizations Referenced

Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Nation, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ,

People Referenced

Usher Burdick, Samuel H. Slosberg

Letter from Nelson Mason to Representative Burdick Regarding Legislature Seat for Fort Yates Indians, November 1, 1952