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This letter, dated April 14, 1959, from Peter Starr to United States (US) William Langer, expresses the faith held by "group of voters and electors of the Fort Berthold Reservation" in Langer's commitment to the poor, and in the influence he has on the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and includes enclosed copies of a petition and a resolution.
The petition, which is a copy of one sent to Secretary of the US Department of the Interior Fred Seaton, with copies also sent to "the top officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs," states that the Tribal Business Council of the Three Affiliated Tribes has ignored, and acted contrary to, the provisions and regulations set out in the constitution and bylaws of the Three Affiliated Tribes, and has also ignored a proposed revised constitution presented by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Tribes' consideration, and that the Tribal Business Council "continues to refuse to take any action in regard to the revised constitution and by laws [sic]."
Meanwhile, the petition states, the members of the Tribal Business Council "pay themselves wages and per diem, enriching themselves without benefit to the said tribes."
As a result, the petitioners "respectfully urge the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Secretary of Interior [sic], and the Area Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to immediately freeze the wages and per diem of the said Tribal Business Council members[.]"
The attached resolution cites the petition and also urges that the wages and per diem of the Tribal Business Council members be frozen.
Letter from Senator Langer to Fred Seaton Regarding Petition from Peter Starr, April 22, 1959
Letter From Senator Langer to Peter Starr Regarding Petition, April 22, 1959
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Tribal Business Council, per diem
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish,
William Langer, Peter Starr, Wilbur Stevenson
Starr, Peter, "Letter and Copies of Petition and Resolution from Peter Starr to Senator Langer, April 14, 1959" (1959). William Langer Papers. 736.