American Indian Life: Bulletin No. 21. The Indian Bureau, The Indians and President Roosevelt. Inc American Indian Defense Association.

American Indian Life: Bulletin No. 21. The Indian Bureau, The Indians and President Roosevelt

Washington [D.C.]: American Indian Defense Association, January 1933. 19x13.5cm: 34pp. Publisher’s stapled cream-colored heavy stock wrappers. Interior clean and free of markings. Fine.

This pamphlet contains several short articles about the state of Indian affairs, but more importantly it describes the American Indian Defense Association’s beliefs surrounding “the opportunity and duty of the new administration.” Put out shortly before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration, this pamphlet elicits hope in the new administration to aid with Indian affairs. “Of President-Elect Roosevelt’s thousand tasks, the Indian task is but one. Yet for the Indians, his inauguration will be truly a moment of destiny... For more than two-thirds of the Indians, the incoming administration is actually and literally the last chance.” The articles contain commentary and recommendations on the Indian Bureau’s spending (or overspending), the Allotment system and its abuse of Indian peoples, cultures and loss of land, the employment of Indians into the Bureau itself, and The Washington Conference on Indian Civil Rights, among other topics. A very important snapshot of American Indian affairs that led to FDR’s Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

American Indian Life was started by John Collier, the then Executive Secretary for the American Indian Defense Association, as a publicity crusade that showed the juxtaposition of America’s prosperity during the 1920’s with the poverty and destruction of the Indian People. FDR appointed Collier as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1933, where he served for 12 years and was instrumental in crafting the Indian Reorganization Act.

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