Preserving "A Fair Chance For a Free People" - Karl E. Mundt

Committee on Indian Affairs

RG III Legislation - Committee on Indian Affairs 1939-1951
2 Hollinger document boxes (#573-574)

Senator Mundt's penning of House Resolution 166 of the Indian Affairs Subcommittee made on December 23, 1944 placed him on the cutting edge of progressive thinking with regard to Indian policy. He wrote legislation (H.R. 4497) known as the Indian Claims Commission Bill to carry out recommendations of the Committee. In contemporary terms he seems racially paternalistic but his Resolution 166 was extremely bold for a congressman from South Dakota in 1944. His biography A Fair Chance for a Free People defines his evolution from a little interested South Dakota citizen where every eighth person is an Indian to a champion of the Indian cause in a floor fight in the United States House of Representatives.

While this file is brief, the archives have many significant Indian Affairs documents under other headings i.e. Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Claims Commission, health, housing, education, museums,etc.

Bushfield, Harlan John
Collier, John L.
Dam, Chris
Ickes, Harold L.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council
Indian Claims Commission
Indian Wardship
Interior, Department of
Klamath Indian General Council
Klamath Indian Reservation Agency,Oregon
Lower Sioux Indian Community
Mississippi Sioux
Peyote Intoxication
Rosebud Sioux Indian Tribe
Sioux Indians
Sioux Tribe History 1877-1934
Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
War Manpower Commission
Wheeler-Howard Act
Yankton Sioux Tribe    

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