The first modern presidential message of its kind promoting the rights and well being of native people

On July 8, 1970, President Nixon delivered a special message to Congress on Indian affairs. In this message, Nixon:

  • Rejected the concept of termination
  • Declared the rights of Indians to control and operate Federal programs
  • Restored the sacred lands near Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblos in New Mexico
  • Gave Indians the right to control their own schools
  • Proposed the Indian Financing Act of 1970 helping to provide economic incentives and loans for economic development
  • Recommended more money for Indian health programs
  • Helped urban Indians
  • Created the Indian Trust Counsel Authority to assure independent legal representation for the Indians' natural resource rights
  • Recommended the establishment of a new position, Assistant Secretary for Indian and Territorial Affairs

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