MPR’s Bob Potter reports on Clyde Bellecourt speech on Indian reform policy.
Bellecourt wants a treaty-making commission to re-examine existing treaties with the U.S. and make new ones if necessary. He also wants Congress to create a commission to re-examine the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934; to give government back to the Indian people and allow them to govern themselves. He says the Bureau of Indian Affairs should be restructured and moved from the Interior Department’s Land Management division. With the 1970’s energy crisis, he’s concerned about land and mineral rights. Bellecourt ends by stating he wants legislation to provide a “leave us alone” type policy.