Reduction in Force in the BIA, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Third Congress, Second Session, August 23, 1974   [open pdf - 142MB]

This is the August 23, 1974 hearing on "Reduction in Force in the BIA [Bureau of Indian Affairs]," held before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. From the opening statement of James Abourezk: "This is an open public hearing before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs exercising its constitutional oversight function to determine if the Bureau of Indian Affairs is properly carrying out the law. The specific purpose of our inquiry today is to examine the reorganization plan that the Bureau has been in the process of implementing for nearly 2 years and a reduction in force action which apparently finalizes that reorganization. [...] At a hearing in Denver, Colo., last September this committee heard from over 30 witnesses who were tribal leaders and other Indians familiar with the Bureau structure. These witnesses unanimously condemned the reorganization as an attempt by the old-line bureacracy in the BIA to destroy the opportunity tribes had to be heard in the decisionmaking process." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ray Butler, Peter Dexter, Eva Sieben, Larry Shortman, James Robinson, George Scott, Ruth Chess, Ramona Osborne, Harris D. Sherman and Charles Trimble.

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