(1874 - 1952)
The appointment of Dillon Myers as Indian commissioner has given the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Congress the license to disregard past promises, and to repeat past mistakes, without awareness of either.
Secretary of the Interior, Franklin Roosevelt
of the Interior Harold Ickes - a principal member President
Franklin Roosevelt's 'brain trust' - was a fierce defender of
native rights. While Roosevelt's commissioner of Indian
Affairs, John Collier, was the chief architect of the Indian
Reorgnization Act, and assistant soliciter Felix Cohen wrote
Handbook on Federal Indian Law, it often fell to Mr. Ickes
to implement the government's new Indian policies in Indian
Country. Secretary Ickes was also the administration's most
forceful promoter of the Bureau of Reclamation's Sloan Plan for
regulating the Missouri River. Click
here for more on Harold Ickes.