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This letter dated January 31, 1955, from United States (US) Senator Langer to Executive Director of North Dakota Public Welfare Board Carlyle Onsrud encloses “copies of letter 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 that Langer would have sent the originals but he is going to use them on the United States Senate floor. The letter encloses two copies of 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 further 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.”
Letter from Senator Langer to William Mills Regarding Medical Care for Fort Berthold Tribal Members, January 31, 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, Aberdeen
United States Congress, United States Department of the Interior, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, North Dakota Public Welfare Board, United States Senate, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to Carlyle Onsrud Regarding Medical Care for Fort Berthold Tribal Members, January 31, 1955" (1955). William Langer Papers. 737.