Lot 91: Lyndon B. Johnson

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:51:28

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Lot 91: TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Senate, Office of the Democratic Leader letterhead, March 20, 1954. Letter to Bobbie Lee Sanders, in full: "I am enclosing a letter I have just received from the Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs concerning my inquiry into the matter of religious freedom of the Indian community of Pueblo de Jemez. I hope the information it contains will be helpful to you, but after looking it over if you have any further suggestions as to how I might be helpful I would be glad to hear from you." In fine condition, with rusty staple holes to upper left corner and trivial soiling. Accompanied by the referenced letter. In an attempt to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American society, Congress issued House Concurrent Resolution 108 on August 1, 1953, formally announcing the federal policy of termination (the immediate withdrawal of federal aid, services, and protection, and the dissolution of tribal reservations). Johnson disagreed with the resolution, and his interest in the matter would continue into his presidency; in 1968, he would propose the controversial Indian Civil Rights Act, attempting to encourage partnerships between tribal governments and the US, though the proposal never passed. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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