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This letter dated January 7, 1942 from Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Beyer to United States (US) Senator William Langer marks the receipt of Langer’s telegram from January 6, 1942, regarding when the stamp plan started. Beyer confirms that the stamp plan began on January 1, 1942, and the monthly consignment of stamps was received two days ago. Beyer writes that “it is not possible to state from experience how this plan will work,” though he believes “it will be a considerable improvement over the issuing of actual relief commodities.” The letter mentions it has been expensive to purchase relief supplies and distribute them to the seven districts of the reservation, as well as that there has been “some loss through spoilage under this old system.” Beyer adds that there has been an “unauthorized delegation” who visited Washington D.C. recently who conveyed erroneous information about the stamp plan, but that he believes these misunderstandings have been corrected, and anticipates there will be good results from the stamp plan.
Telegram from Senator Langer to William Beyer Regarding the Start of the Stamp Program, January 6, 1942
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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, US Bureau of Indian Affairs
William Langer, William Beyer
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Beyer, William, "Letter from William Beyer to Senator Langer Regarding the Start of the Stamp Program, January 7, 1942" (1942). William Langer Papers. 666.