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Bulletin at the rate of $5.00 per annum and it is their view that they cannot afford to pay $10.00 per annum although they are still interested in the future welfare of the NCAI. It is therefore recommended that the Associate Membership for Non-Indians be set at $5.00 per annum and that the $25.00 for non-voting Associate Organization Membership be cut out or allowed to remain in. We are positive that no organization will join at the $25.00 rate.

It is therefore recommended that the Executive Council take favorable action to put into effect the changes suggested in previous paragraphs. Your Executive Director will assume that you are in favor of the suggested changes if we do not hear from you after a reasonable period of time has elapsed for a reply to be received.

The source of authority for the Executive Council to effectuate this temporary revision of tribal dues until the next convention is:

1(e), Article V, which stipulates that the Executive Council may establish requirements for obtaining and holding membership in the National Congress, and to grant charters therefor; and

Section 1, Article IV, or that portion that states: "There shall be an executive council which shall have authority to act for the National Congress of American Indians between conventions....."

It will be appreciated if prompt reply is made to this letter.

The Senate sub-committee of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee today revived the hearings on Attorney Contracts with Indian Tribes. Today's hearing was taken up by testimony by a member of a Chicago law firm who is a part of the "joint efforts" group. It is quite apparent that this hearing will take up considerable time. The next hearing will be held Thursday, May 7. Report No. 8 of the 834 Congress, 1st session is enclosed for your study. In the transcript a lot of space is taken by the recording of the testimony of our general counsel James E. Curry. Curry's name was mentioned at today's hearing and it was not of a complimentary nature. A number of those officers have mentioned that it might be to the best interests of the organization to terminate our working relationship with out present chief counsel. We would like to have your views on this matter of counsel for that NCAI. A number of our officers are disturbed at the unfriendly attitude of the members of Congress because of the activities of our chief counsel and tho view is seemingly shared by various tribes who hositate in joining because of this situation. 

Your attention is also directed to the wire road at the last convention dated November 12, 1952 addressed to Justice N. B. Johnson from Bon Dwight which was as follows:
November 12, 1952.
Honorable H. B. Johnson, President 
National Congress Of American Indians
Cosmopolitan Hotel
Denver, Colorado.
Being released temporarily from the hospital will not be able to get to convention. Reference to Jim Curry contract think it wise to postone any longer givin
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