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Title Report on Indian affairs [manuscript]: 1923
Author Otis, Joseph Edward (1867-1959)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Signed typescript (carbon copy) of a December, 1923, report on U.S. Indian policy submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, Hubert Work, by Joseph E. Otis, a member of an advisory council on Indian affairs. The report is a collection and distillation of the opinions of Malcolm McDowell (journalist, banker, sociologist, and secretary to the Board of Indian Commissioners), Edward E. Ayer, Henry S. Pritchett (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), Howel Jones (Santa Fe Pacific Railroad), and S.T. Bledsoe (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co.). It contends that the Indians’ progression to full citizenship requires eventual removal from government dependence and offers suggestions as to how that might be accomplished. Also appendices, including McDowell’s "Some memoranda concerning American Indians"; correspondence to Otis from Pritchett, Jones, and Bledsoe; and a Nov. 17, 1923, letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Charles H. Burke, to the governors of eighteen states.
Names Work, Hubert (1860-1942); McDowell, Malcolm; Ayer, Edward E. (1841-1927); Pritchett, Henry Smith (1857-1939); Jones, Howel; Bledsoe, Samuel Thomas; Burke, Charles H.
Keywords government, government relations, Office of Indian Affairs, citizenship, reservation, school, education, Indian Policy, Indian Agent, irrigation, railroad
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast, Great Plains, Southwest, Great Basin, California, Plateau, Northwest Coast
Additional Information Otis was a stockbroker and banker, and president of Central Trust Co. of Illinois, 1922-1929.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 668
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue