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John Hamilton

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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 101 Fort Berthold petitioners have included their names, roll numbers, and that the petition was originally sent to Hamilton by Secretary of the Fort Berthold Tribal Council, Floyd Montair. 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.” The states that 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 S. 1311, where Bushfield calls himself an Indian. The letter refers to an enclosed letter from Floyd Montclair, but that enclosure is not included in this letter. The enclosed petition is entitled the American Indian Emancipation Act.

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Petition Regarding the the American Indian Emancipation Act, September 21, 1945

Date of Work

9-21-1945

Keywords

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

Organizations Referenced

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

People Referenced

William Langer, John Hamilton, Floyd Montclair

Letter from John Hamilton to Senator Langer Regarding the Petition for the American Indian Emancipation Act, September 21, 1945

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