William Langer


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This letter, dated October 6, 1952, from United States (US) Senator William Langer to Dillon S. Myer, Commissioner of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, makes reference to an an earlier inquiry Langer made with Myer on April 24, 1952 in the interest of Evelyn B. Mendez, who, on behalf of her children, did not receive the $1000 per capita payment made to enrolled members of the Forth Berthold Reservation. Langer writes that he has now received a letter from Mendez, pertinent portions of which Langer quotes in this letter.

In the portions quoted, Mendez explains that her six children had been enrolled prior to the 1948 per capita payments, had received roll numbers and appeared in two Indian Census Roll Books belonging to the Fort Berthold Reservation, and did indeed receive that per capita payment. She then asks by whose authority her children's names were removed from the Census Roll when it was made up for the $1000 per capita payment in 1951. Mendez acknowledges that her children were born off the reservation, in California, but writes that she knows of other children born off the reservation, and having a lesser degree of Indian blood than her children, who were admitted for enrollment.

Mendez writes that she has now moved back to Forth Berthold and would like to present her case to the newly elected council and asks that Langer provide her with some kind of statement regarding the 1948 Census Roll.

Following the quoted portions of the Mendez's letter to Langer, Langer refers to Myer's response to Langer's previous inquiry, in which Myer had indicated it would be necessary to obtain a report from the field to answer the inquiry. Langer writes that he is hopeful that Myer has now received this report, and would like further information and recommendations on this matter at Myer's earliest convenience.

See also:

Letter from Irene Edwards for Senator Langer to Evelyn B. Mendez Regarding Per Capita Payments, October 6, 1952

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The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, per capita payments, per capita allocation

Organizations Referenced

The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Nation, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ, The Seven Council Fires, Oceti Ŝakowiŋ, Eastern Santee, Eastern Dakota, Santee, Santee Dakota, Dakota, Dakotah, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux, Isanti, People of the Fish Village(s), Sisseton, Sissetonwan, Sisitoŋwaŋ, People Dwelling Among the Leaves, Wahpeton, Wahpetonwan, Waĥpetoŋwaŋ, Wahpetoŋwaŋ, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Mikinaakwajiwing, Mikinaakwajiw-ininiwag, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Métis, Métis People, Metis, Metis/Cree, Cree, Otipemisuak, Public Law 71, Fort Berthold Indian Agency, US Bureau of Indian Affairs

People Referenced

Evelyn B. Mendez, Evelyn Bateman, Dillon S. Myer, William Langer

Letter from William Langer to Dillon S. Myer Regarding Evelyn B. Mendez's Per Capita Payments, October 6, 1952