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A BILL TO AMEND PUBLIC LAW NUMBERED 383,
YANKTON TRIBE-AMEND WHEELER-HOWARD ACT
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1939
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m., pursuant to notice, for consideration of H. R. 5878, Hon. Will Rogers (chairman) presiding. The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. This subcommittee of the Committee on Indian Affairs has met to hear witnesses on H. R. 5878. Mr. White is the chairman of the subcommittee, but he is not here. He will arrive in a little while. Mr. Burdick and Mr. Buckler are the other two members of the committee. Mr. Buckler is here and Mr. Burdick will be here in a few minutes. We have several witnesses to be heard this morning. So, in the absence of the chairman of the subcommittee, the chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs is taking his place until he gets here. It is understood that this is a record hearing, and that no consideration will be given the bill after the witnesses have been heard. As you will note, this bill was introduced on April 19 of this year. We have not had time to get a report from the Department. I would like to ask unanimous consent that a copy of the bill appear in the record at this point. If there is no objection to that request, it is so ordered.
(H. R. 5878 is as follows:)
[H. R. 5878, 76th Cong., 1st sess.]
A BILL To amend Public Law Numbered 383, Seventy-third Congress (48 Stat. L. 984), relating to Indians, by exempting from the provisions of such Act the Pine Ridge Sioux Tribe of Indians of the State of South Dakota
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 13 of the Act entitled "An Act to conserve and develop Indian lands and resources to extend to Indians the right to form business and other organizations; to establish a credit system for Indians; to grant certain rights of home rule to Indians; to provide for vocational education for Indians; and for other purposes," approved June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. L. 984), be, and is hereby, amended by inserting after the words "United States" in the second line of said section the following: "or to the Yankton Tribe of Indians of the State of South Dakota."
The CHAIRMAN. We have three witnesses here from the State of South Dakota who want to be heard on the bill, and we also have Commissioner Collier here, and Mr. Daiker, of the Indian Office, who wants to be heard. The Commissioner will be heard first. Then we will hear the three witnesses from South Dakota, and then Mr. Daiker will close the hearing. The Chair will recognize the Commissioner at this time. Commissioner Collier.