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This letter dated April 8, 1941, from William Beyer to United States (US) Senator William Langer acknowledges the receipt of Langer’s letter from April 3, 1941, enclosing a letter Langer had received from Philip McQuire, Acting Administrator of the Surplus Marketing Administration. In this reply, Beyer writes that a meeting took place on March 21, 1941 between the US Bureau of Indian Affairs agency superintendents of the North Dakota tribes, the North Dakota State Welfare Representatives and officials of the Surplus Marketing Administration in Fargo, North Dakota for the purpose of discussing of “plans whereby it might be possible to inaugurate the stamp plan for issuing relief supplies on Indian reservations in this state.” Beyer writes that it was decided at this meeting that “it would not be practical to adopt entirely the stamp plan on Indian reservations,” for reasons mentioned in McQuire's letter.
Beyer notes that surplus commodities must still be issued for noonday lunches in schools, and that Fort Berthold includes parts of five different counties, not all of which operate under the stamp plan, and suggests that when the necessary relief funds are allotted for relief for the fiscal year, the stamp plan may be put into effect.
This letter is stamped with the annotation “ADDRESS ONLY THE SUPERINTENDENT.”
Letter from Senator Langer to William Beyer Regarding Food Stamps for the Fort Berthold Reservation, April 3, 1941
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Elbowoods, food stamps
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Surplus Marketing Administration, North Dakota Welfare
William Langer, William Beyer, Phillip Maguire
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Beyer, William, "Letter from William Beyer to Senator Langer Regarding the Inauguration of a Food Stamp Plan for the Fort Berthold Reservation, April 8, 1941" (1941). William Langer Papers. 661.