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This letter, dated December 17, 1945, from Commissioner of the United States (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs William A. Brophy to US Senator William Langer calls Langer's attention to a circular Brophy has sent out to Agency Superintendents and other personnel of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the rights of Native veterans to credit under the US G.I. Bill of Rights. Brophy encloses a copy of the circular with this letter and notes that "some of the new instructions liberalize and modernize the regulations on the giving of security by Indians."

The enclosed circular, identified as "Circular No. 3610," has as its subject, "Loan Guaranty Provisions of Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944," and encourages the utilization by Native Veterans of loan guaranties provided for US veterans. The circular explains further that, while "an Indian is a citizen," and that Native status does not disqualify one from from entering into a contract or owning property, there are certain US statutes that "place limitations on the individual Indian with respect to the alienation of property held in trust for him by the United States, or which is subject to restrictions against alienation. The individual Indian can not sell or mortgage his interest in such property, although there are means by which the Secretary of the Interior may enable him to sell such property."

The circular provides information specific to issues and questions faced by Native veterans who seek to utilize the loan guarantee programs provided by the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, and includes as its last page a form titled, "Assignment of Income from Trust Property," by which a lender may be granted rights to income derived from trust lands in the event of a failure of the lendee to repay the loan under the agreed-upon terms.

See also:

Letter from Senator Langer to William R. Beyer Regarding Native Veterans and the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, December 28, 1945

Date of Work



US G. I. Bill of Rights, GI Bill, veterans, loan guarantee, Serviceman's Readjustment Act, Agency Superintendent, Trust Lands

Organizations Referenced

US Department of Veteran's Affairs, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, Veteran's Administration

People Referenced

William A. Brophy, William Langer, Oscar L. Chaptman, Walter Woehlke

Letter from William A. Brophy to Senator Langer Regarding Native Veterans and the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, December 17, 1945