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This letter dated September 21, 1945, from John E. Hamilton to United States Senator William Langer introduces an enclosed, signed petition on the behalf of “101 Fort Berthold Indians.” The letter informs Langer that the Fort Berthold petitioners included their names, roll numbers, and that the petition was originally sent to Hamilton by Secretary of the Fort Berthold Tribal Council, Floyd Montclair. The letter describes the petition as “self explanatory” as it involves the “proposed legislation to give the American Indians their emancipation.” The letter types out the names of the signed members but mentions it does not know if it would be “advisable to disclose these names on the petition, because there may be a possibility that if it gets back to the Indian Bureau it may be taken out on their people.” It states that the Indian Bureau will protest any legislation which would give the American Indians their full rights as American citizens. The letter asks Langer to attempt to persuade Senator John Bushfield to take an active part in this “gigantic battle for right” and calls to Langer’s attention Senate Bill 1311, where Bushfield calls himself an Indian. The letter refers to an enclosed letter from Floyd Montclair, but it is not included in this letter. The enclosed petition is entitled the "American Indian Emancipation Act."
Petition Regarding the American Indian Emancipation Act, September 21, 1945
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, American Indian citizenship, Garrison Diversion, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Dam
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Fort Berthold Americans, National American Indian Defense Association
William Langer, John Hamilton, Floyd Montclair
Hamilton, John, "Letter from John Hamilton to Senator Langer Regarding the Petition for the American Indian Emancipation Act, September 21, 1945" (1945). William Langer Papers. 761.