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July 22, 1946

Honorable N. B. Johnson
Claremore, Oklahoma

Dear Judge:

In checking with the Chamber of Commerce here about conventions, hotel rooms, etc., it seems that there are two or three other large conventions to be held here in Oklahoma City October 23-26. This will cause inconvenience to our Convention as to hotel reservations.

In view of the above, I have asked the Chamber of Commerce to list the National Congress of American Indians' Convention to be held from November 6 to November 9 - pending a definite decision on our part. I am calling this to your attention in order that you may advise all people to whom you write about the Convention that the exact date has not been set but that, in all likelihood, it will be November 6-9.

As soon as you get the reaction from the Executive Committee, we will peg the date down definitely - and then go from there.

As I have told you several times, I have the news letter ready for printing - and will do so immediately upon knowing the outcome of the Indian Claims Commission bill.

With all good wishes, I am

Sincerely yours,


Ben Dwight

P.S. I have just talked to Bill Stigler. He is on the Conference Committee and says that he will not let the bill come out of Congress with any amendments that will nullify the Indians' interest in the bill. He tells me that he will let me know the minute that the bill is ready for the President. I will ask the Governor to telegraph and also call both Attorney General Tom Clark and the White House, requesting Presidential approval of the bill. If it looks like that we can accomplish more by going up there, I will communicate with you.
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