The Indian Reorganization Act: Congresses and Bills

Vine Deloria
University of Oklahoma Press, 2002 - 434 sider

In 1934, Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier began a series of “congresses” with American Indians to discuss his proposed federal bill for granting self-government to tribal reservations. For the first time, the reservation Indian was asked for input in the structuring of American Indian relations with federal and state government and law. In The Indian Reorganization Act, Vine Deloria, Jr., has compiled the actual historical records of those congresses.

Deloria makes available important documents of the premier years of reform in federal Indian policy as well as the bill itself. A version of Collier’s act eventually passed Congress, but in a less far-reaching form. Nevertheless, a new concept of self-government had emerged, one that now defines the federal government’s approach to American Indian policy and that has changed forever the way American Indians define themselves.



Development of the Indian Reorganization Act
Proceedings of the Conference at Chemawa Oregon March 8 and
Minutes of the Special Session of Navajo Tribal Council Held at Fort Defiance Arizona
Minutes of AllPueblo Council Santo Domingo Pueblo March 15 1934
Report of Southern Arizona Indian Conference Held at Phoenix Arizona March 1516 1934
Proceedings of Southern California Indian Congress Held at Riverside California
Meeting of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hon John Collier with the Indians
Meeting at City Hall Muskogee Oklahoma March 22 1934
Minutes of Meeting Held at Miami Oklahoma March 24 1934 by Commissioner
Testimony Taken at Hayward Wisconsin April 23 24 1934 Where Indians of Wisconsin
Meeting of Commissioner Collier with the Navajo Indians at Fort Defiance Arizona June 11 1935

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Vine Deloria, Jr., (1933-2005) was Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and the author of a number of books and articles on events affecting the lives of American Indians. He served as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians and was an active spokesman and leader for the American Indian community throughout the nation.

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