Federal Termination

The Termination of Federal Supervision
Over Certain Tribes of Indians

On February 18, 1954 a Hearing occurred in Washington, D.C regarding the United States government’s attempt to terminate federal supervision over certain tribes.

“It is the policy of Congress, as rapidly as possible, to make the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States subject to the same laws and entitled to the same privileges and responsibilities as are applicable to other citizens of the United States, to end their status as wards of the United States, and to grant them all of the rights and prerogatives pertaining to American citizenship, and directing the secretary of the Interior to report to Congress his recommendations as to what legislation, in his judgment, may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of said resolution.”

Three members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation attended  the hearing and spoke on the tribes behalf, they were Minnie Evans, James Wahb-no-sah, and John Wahwassuck.

Here is the detailed transcription of that hearing.

Minnie Evans testimony | page 1327
James Wahb-no-sah testimony | page 1368
John Wahwassuck testimony | page 1353