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PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF THE STATE COURSE OF STUDY IN SCHOOLS OPERATED BY THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS IN SOUTH DAKOTA WHEN REQUESTED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE PARENTS OF THE STUDENTS ENROLLED THEREIN

MAY 4, 1949.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of

the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. MORRIS, from the Committee on Public Lands, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 3881)

The Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 3881) to provide for the use of the State course of study in schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs upon petition therefor, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.

The amendments are as follows:

Page 1, line 3, strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following: That on and after July 1, 1950, the course of study taught in any school operated and maintained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on any Indian reservation in the State of South Dakota shall, upon a majority decision of the parents of children enrolled therein voting at a meeting called for that purpose by the Superintendent of the reservation, meet the minimum education requirements prescribed by the department of public instruction for the public schools of that State.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to provide for the use of the State course of study in schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Indian reservations in South Dakota when requested by a majority vote of the parents of the students enrolled therein.

EXPLANATION OF THE BILL

The purpose of this bill, as amended, is to provide that the South Dakota State public-school curriculum shall be used in schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Indian reservations in South Dakota, if the majority of the parents of the students enrolled in such schools so decide.' The decision would be made at an election called for that purpose by the superintendent of the reservation.

At the present time the schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs offer special courses of instruction for their students. Many Indian parents feel that these courses do not meet the minimum education requirement of the public schools.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs necessarily must devise a system of education that relates to life on an India reservation. Admirable as this system may be, many Indian parents feel that it places under & handicap the Indian children who transfer to a public school or leave school to engage in competitive enterprises.

As originally introduced, H. R. 3881 applied to all schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs throughout the United States. At hearings held before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Committee on Public Lands, representatives of the Bureau pointed out that in some States there are large numbers of non-English-speaking Indian children, who could not possibly meet the public-school requirements. This problem does not exist in South Dakota. where the Indian residents have requested the enactment of H. R. 3881.

In recognition of the problem faced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in some of the States having a large Indian population, the committee has amended this bill by limiting its application to the State of South Dakota. As amended, H. R. 3881 provides that if the majority of the parents of the students in an Indian school in South Dakotă desire the same curriculum as that taught in public schools, the requirements of such curriculum will be met in the reservation school.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has indicated that it has no objection to H. R. 3881, as amended.

Enactment of this bill, as amended, is unanimously recommended by the Committee on Public Lands.

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CHANGING THE NAME OF CULBERTSON DAM ON THE REPUBLICAN RIVER IN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA TO TRENTON DAM AND TO NAME THE BODY OF WATER ARISING BEHIND SUCH DAM SWANSON LAKE

May 4, 1949.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State o

the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. PETERSON, from the Committee on Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT

(To accompany 8. 270)

The Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 270) to change the name of Culbertson Dam on the Republican River in the State of Nebraska to Trenton Dam and to name the body of water arising behind such dam Swanson Lake, having considered

same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

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EXPLANATION OF THE BILL

The purpose of this bill is to change the name of the Culbertson Dam on the Republican River in Nebraska to Trenton Dam and to Dame the body of water arising behind the dam Swanson Lake.

This change is requested by local interests because the dam is being constructed near the town of Trenton, Nebr., instead of near the town of Culbertson as originally contemplated. Swanson Lake will be so named in commemoration of Mr. Carl H. Swanson, a Nebraska resident who was active in developing the Republican River Valley.

The Department of the Interior has approved the proposed change of name. The Department's report to the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs is set forth below and is made a part of

this report:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington 25, D. C., March 15, 1949. Hon. JOSEPH C. O'MAHONEY, Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs,

United States Senate. MY DEAR SENATOR O'MAHONEY: We are glad to comply with the request of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs for a report on S. 270, a bill to change the name of Culbertson Dam on the Republican River in the State of Nebraska to Trenton Dam.

This Department will interpose no objection to the enactment of the bill.

It had been proposed originally to locate the dam in question at a point on the Republican River near the town of Culbertson, Nebr. However, further investigations revealed that a better site for the dam would be near the town of Trenton, Nebr.

Certain local interests have expressed to this Department a desire to have the dam named after the late Carl Helga Swanson, in recognition of his work in the development of the Republican River Valley.

We have been informed by the Bureau of the Budget that there is no objection to the submission of this rep to your committee. Sincerely yours,

OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,

Under Secretary of the Interior. Enactment of this bill is unanimously recommended by the Committee on Public Lands.

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The Committee on Public Lands to whom was referred the bill 8. 392) authorizing the issuance of a patent in fee to Thomas A. Pickett, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

EXPLANATION OF THE BILL This bill would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue to Thomas A. Pickett of Berkeley, Calif., a patent in fee for the remaining lands in his allotment on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Enactment of this legislation is recommended by the Secretary of the Interior. Congressional approval is required since Mr. Pickett's allotment consists of 638.73 acres of land and existing law prohibits a Crow Indian

allottee from selling more than one-half, or 320 acres, of Mr. Pickett has not lived on the Crow Reservation for many years. The Department feels that he is qualified to conduct

his affairs without governmental supervision or protection. The favorable report of the Department of Interior addressed to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular

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