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He presented Resolution No. 4, which provided that Article III of the Constitution of the National Congress of American Indians be amended to provide that no position, either elective or appointive, of the organization may be occupied by any non-reservation Indian or any official or employee of the Indian Bureau. Mr. DeMers, Chairman of the Resolution Committee, moved that the resolution be adopted, and W. W. Short seconded the motion. MR. DWIGHT: That the resolution may act as a recommendation that the Constitution be amended, but the Constitution can be amended only under the provisions of the Section of the Constitution providing for amendments. This resolution itself does not amend the Constitution. MR. FARVER: I would like to hear that part about conflicting with the Indian Service. MR. DWIGHT: I think the Committee meant that at any time officials or employees of the Indian Bureau were of an official capacity in this organization and then of they were attempting to change the policies of the Indian Bureau, or if the organization were attempting to get or to oppose legislation, that person would find himself in an awkward position. Mr. Farver stated that if he understood the resolution it proposes to exclude Indian Service employees from membership in the organization. MR. SHORT: He understood that no officials of the Indian Bureau could be members of this organization. The substance of the meaning of this resolution is this as I understand it. No bureau officials can be on the Executive Committee to be elected here tonight. MR. CATA: I suggest that the meaning of the resolution be clarified by Mr. MAdrano, who is a member of the Committee. MR. MADRANO: For the benefit of the gentleman asked the question, may I state here first as I said at the outset. There are a number of resolutions coming from all of you. Naturally, it is the duty of this Committee to receive whatever the members here present. This resolution does not express the sentiment of any one Individual of this Committee. We are performing the duty of the person who presented the resolution and are presenting it as it has come to us and in no way are we expressing our opinion with relation to the employees of the Indian Service. Since you asked me to give an explanation, I am giving you the meaning of this resolution because it is the desire of someone that is interested in this phase of the resolution presented to you. I see some good in it and I see some bad in it. Personally, I think all of us are members of a fine race of people of this nation. We are all engaged in some form of livelihood, whether it be with the Indian Service, private institutions, or what have you. We are equally entitled to equal participation in the affairs of our Indian people. Personally, I am of the opinion that we have represented among our people some of the finest minds of Indian who are -30-
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