American Indians: Neglected Minority

Archive Report

New Effort to Better the Lot of Indians

Federal Plans to Raise Indian Living Standards

American indians, as a member of Congress put it in a recent letter to President Johnson, have “yet to feel the healing, remedial touch of the Great Society.”1 However, administration officials from the President down have made it clear that they are fully aware of the problem and that they are determined to take effective action to improve the living conditions of Indians.

When Robert L. Bennett was sworn in as Commissioner of Indian Affairs last April 27, Johnson noted that “Far too many of our Indians live under conditions which make a mockery of our claims to social justice.” Declaring that the time had come “to put the first Americans first ...

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