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Route 4, Box 208 Phoenix, Arizona July 12, 1949 Hon. N. B. Johnson President National Congress of American Indian Oklahoma City, Oklahoma My dear Judge Johnson: It is a pleasure to report the completely harmonious relationship which has been established by the Committee of which I am chairman with the 1949 Convention committee under the chairmanship of Frank McConnell. Mr. William Fire Thunder wrote me a splendid letter on July 5 in which he extended the whole-hearted support of the committee of which he is a member and certainly which was most generous of him. It might be added that that committee has already done splendidly a tremendous amount of work, and I am sure that the Convention at Rapid City will be the best to date. There is enclosed a copy of the tentative program as agreed uponand [[upon and]] it becomes incumbent upon you, as President, to perform the following tasks at your earliest convenience, if the program meets your approval. 1. Write a few words of welcome to be used on the program where indicated. Send to Matthew High Pine, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. 2. Obtain a plate of yourself from one of the local papers and have it sent to Matthew High Pine, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, for use in printing the program. 3. Write letters of invitation to the following, requesting that they appear on the program, as follows, and also request their early response so as not to delay printing of the program. Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota, for Greetings, 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 21. Hon. George T. Michelson, Governor of South Dakota, for Address 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 21. (Also write Frank McConnell or William Fire Thunder to follow up your written invitations with personal invitations on your behalf to the foregoing) Hon. John R. Nichols, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Address, 2:00 P.M., September 22. Hon. Francis Case, Congressman from South Dakota, Address, 2:00 P.M., September 22. Hon. Ben Dwight, Address, 9:30 A.M., September 23 Hon. William E. Warne. Assistant Secretary of the Interior
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