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This petition dated September 21, 1945, from President of the National American Indian Defense League John E. Hamilton and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to United States Senator William Langer, introduces a petition on the behalf of “101 Fort Berthold Indians.” The petition is entitlee "The American Indian Emancipation Act.” This petition argues that “gross injustice has been committed against our people.” The petition states “We American Indians want to be free from the further Federal guardianship control of our person and to be allowed to live under local, State, and Federal laws like any other citizen.” The petition argues for public school education, independence from the reservation system, freedom from the Indian Bureau’s control of property, a just and final settlement of all Indian claims, and equal justice under the law, rather what the petition calls “incompetent wardship.” The petition is signed by 101 Fort Berthold Tribal Members and includes a bill to introduce legislation based on the petition.
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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, American Indian Emancipation Act
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Fort Berthold Americans, Indian Bureau, Indian Defense League
William Langer, John Hamilton, Floyd Montclair
Hamilton, John, "Petition Regarding the American Indian Emancipation Act, September 21, 1945" (1945). William Langer Papers. 762.