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RESOLUTION NO.17 [[underlined]] Civil Rights Committee [[/underlined]] WHEREAS, it has been demonstrated that Civil Rights Committees established within several states by state legislatures are effective in dealing with inter-racial problems, now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Executive Council is hereby directed to recommend to State legislature throughout the United States the establishment of Civil Rights Committees which will have the function of working for the better treatment of minority groups. RESOLUTION NO. 18 WHEREAS, there is a growing need for the employment of administrative, professional, and sub-professional persons within state and Federal departments in connection with Indian Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, Border Patrol, Fish and Wild Life Service, Soil Management, and Ethnological Research, and WHEREAS, Indians have a demonstrated aptitude in all matters pertaining to land and natural resources and which is directly associated with the present rural location of Indian tribes, now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, by the National Congress of American Indians in national convention assembled in Denver, Colorado, November 15 to 18, 1944, that the State and Federal governments are hereby requested to establish a policy of giving preference to qualified Indians in positions having to do with the activities listed above. - - - - - Statement of N. B. Johnson, President National Congress of American Indians (Taken from the Congressional Record - Appendix Page A 5153) Extension of Remarks of Hon. William G. Stigler of Oklahoma In The House of Representatives Friday, December 15, 1944 MR. STIGLER. Mr. Speaker, on the 16th day of November 1944, representatives of many Indian tribes throughout the United States assembles in convention at Denver, Colo., and organized the National Congress of American Indians. A constitution and bylaws were adopted. Hon. N. B. Johnson, a Cherokee Indian of Claremore, Okla., State district judge, an outstanding citizen of our State, was unanimously elected president. The purpose of this organization among other things, as state in its preamble, is to secure for the various Indian tribes the rights and -54-
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