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This letter dated January 31, 1955, from United States (US) Senator Langer to Assistant US Attorney William Mills encloses “copies of letters I have just received from Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers and Acting Attorney Commissioner Greenwood of the Bureau of Indian Affairs relative to the problems of medical care for the Fort Berthold Indians at New Town.” The letter states Langer would send the originals but he is going to use them on the United States Senate floor. The letter encloses Rogers's and Greenwood's letters.
The first enclosed letter dated January 25, 1955, is from the United States Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers. This first enclosure marks the receipt of a letter from Langer which encloses a telegram from Executive Director of the North Dakota Welfare Board Carlyle Onsrud, relative to the hospitalization and medical care for “Indians in North Dakota.” This enclosed letter from Rogers explains to Langer that Rogers understands the medical care issue “is being handled by the Department of Interior in its administration over Indian affairs” which is why Rogers has taken the liberty to refer the issue to Acting Assistant Solicitor of Indian Legal Activities William Kastler. This first enclosed letter from Rogers refers Langer to continue communication with Kastler over this issue.
The second enclosed letter dated January 27, 1955 is from Bureau of Indian Affairs Acting Commissioner Marlon Greenwood. This second enclosure marks the receipt of a letter from Langer which encloses a telegram from Executive Director of the North Dakota Welfare Board Carlyle Onsrud, relative to the hospitalization and medical care for “the Fort Berthold Indians at New Town, North Dakota.” This second enclosed letter states that responsibility for medical care is defined in “Federal Regulations, Title 25, Indians, Parts 84 and 85, is limited to enrolled members of recognized Indian tribes resigning on Indian reservation lands who are unable to provide such needs for their own purposes. Expenditure of appropriated funds is likewise limited for care of eligible indigent Indians.” This second enclosed letter further states its process for distribution of appropriated funds from the United States Congress for health purposes. This second enclosed letter informs Langer that the entire Aberdeen area is receiving a detailed study to determine the Indian Bureau’s obligations and what financial adjustments need to be made. This second enclosed letter closes by assuring Langer that “the Bureau is willing and anxious to provide needed medical services to all eligible indigent Indians.”
The letter is marked with the handwritten annotation "N. Dak Indians [Fort Berthold]."
Letter from Senator Langer to Henry Lahaug Regarding Health Insurance for Fort Berthold Tribal Members, February 22, 1955
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, health insurance, medical services, medical care, study, welfare, New Town
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota Welfare Board
William Langer, William Mills, William Rogers, William Kastler, Marlon Greenwood, Carlyle Onsrud
Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to William Mills Regarding Medical Care for Fort Berthold Tribal Members, January 31, 1955" (1955). William Langer Papers. 735.