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Clyde Bellecourt suggests reform in Indian policy

Feb 20, 1974 —
Topics: Politics
Bob Potter, Clyde Bellecourt

Clyde Bellecourt wants a treaty-making commission to re-examine existing treaties with the U.S. and make new ones if necessary. He wants Congress to create a commission to re-examine the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934; to give government back to the Indian people and allow them to govern themselves. He says the Bureau of Indian Affairs should be restructured and moved from the Interior Department?s Land Management division. With the current energy crisis he?s concerned about land and mineral rights. He wants legislation to provide a ?leave us alone type policy? Bob Potter, reporter.