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Title Letter: New York, N.Y., to John H. Stephens, Chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1916 Apr. 3
Author Choate, Joseph Hodges (1832-1917)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Mimeographed copy of a typed transcript of an Apr. 3, 1916, letter from Joseph H. Choate to John H. Stephens, chairman of the House Committee on Indian Affairs, regarding legislation on Indian matters then pending in Congress. Choate reminds Stephens of the federal government’s continued responsibility to the Indians; reviews U.S. Indian policy, finding the current policy of individualization plausible if properly administered; and argues against three bills, the Hastings Bill (H.R. 108), Senate 3904, and Senate 4452, that would remove authority from the Interior Dept. and Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and place it with parties less likely to protect Indian interests. Also includes an excerpt from a Mar. 22, 1916, letter from Seneca Indian Arthur C. Parker, a prominent archaeologist, ethnologist, museum director, and authority on Indian affairs, opposing the Hastings Bill. This copy was probably received by Edward E. Ayer, then a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners.
Names Stephens, John H.; Parker, Arthur Caswell (1881-1955)
Places New York, Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, United States
Keywords government, law, legislature, legislation, Congress of the United States, commissioner, Office of Indian Affairs, citizenship, reservation, Five Civilized Tribes, property
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast, Great Plains, Southwest, Great Basin, California, Plateau, Northwest Coast, Arctic, Subarctic
Additional Information Choate was a prominent New York lawyer, diplomat, and leader in humanitarian and cultural affairs.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference box Ayer MS 3043
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue