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MR. PAUL LE GARDE, Minnesota Chippewa from Grand Portage. We have an organization that was planned together by the six reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Indians and I am representing them. I just don't know what to say. I am very glad to see everyone, of course. We have Mr. Rogers, our tribal attorney, as our orator. I thank you. MR. JOHN DICK, Minnesota Chippewa. As a delegate from one of the six reservations, I am rather surprised myself that I should be here. Now we have an organization up in Minnesota which combines the six reservations as one, and out of the six reservations we have elected two from each reservation which is our Executive Committee. Now there is something that was handed to us sometime ago which we call the Wheeler Howard Act. This did not cost anything so we took advantage of it and made an organization up there and got together. Through that we have acquired some property and other rights. We are very much interested in this new organization that is being formed by the American Indians of the United States. Therefore, it is our desire to cooperate in whatever we undertake to do. Back in the state of Minnesota, the Chippewa Indians wish to have a stronger backbone from the Indians of the United States and for that reason we will be one hundred per cent for the organization. MARTIN CROSS: Fort Berthold, North Dakota. I represent the three affiliated tribes of Fort Berthold. We are under the Wheeler Howard Act and I just happen to be the Chairman of the Council, and I have no education that I could speak of; and I want to say that I may be a poor leader but I am a good follower, so I will just sit down and take in the meeting. MR. EDWARD L. ROGERS, Minnesota Chippewa, My name is Edward L. Rogers, Chippewa from Minnesota. My occupation is - you might call me a politician. I want to say that I wish this gentlemen over here, Mr Madrano, Godspeed and to keep up his political work. Now us Chippewas from Minnesota, we are one hundred per cent behind any organization that you are going to form. Why? Because one of the principal reasons is a selfish motive. We Chippewas in Minnesota have a lot of problems, problems that we can't solve alone. We have got to have help, and if we Indians of the United States organize into one strong organization, we are going to have something to say about Indian matters. In other words, in unity there is strength. We up in Minnesota can't do anything with the Indian Bureau or Congress, but if you people in the other states get behind us and help us we are going to do something and I want to say we have got to get in politics. That doesn't mean that we have to support certain parties, but you have friends in Congress that you can tell what to do, and if they don't do what you want them to do you can say that you can get someone else to take his place. I am talking politics because I am a politician, I have been County Attorney in Minnesota for a number of years. DON WHISTLER, Halfblood Sac and Fox from Oklahoma. I am connected with the Shawnee jurisdiction down there, and we have an inter-tribal Council of that jurisdiction and I happen to be Chairman of that Council. Now while I am proud of being that, I am still more proud of another fact and that is the fact that I am the announcer and master of ceremonies of the only All-American Indian program in the world as far as I know. I may be wrong. Now what I mean is that everyone that -4-
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