A 1951 bill that would have helped the landless Chippewa
S. 743 was introduced in the Senate on February 01, 1951 (82th Congress, 1th Session) to promote the rehabilitation of the landless Indians of Montana, and for other purposes. This bill would have done several things if had passed into law.
First, it would have created a program of basic economic and other improvements for the benefit of the landless Indians residing in Montana who were not enrolled; Second, it would have created a membership roll of the Indians entitled to the benefits of this Act; Third, it would have allowed any 10 landless Indians to form a charter as a local cooperative association (a Metis local, so to speak) which would have received and dispensed assistance to members; Fourth, any land purchased by these locals would have been held in trust by the US government for these Indians; and finally it would have appropriated $5-million dollars to carry out this Act.
It is sad that it didn't pass, as this would have set the groundwork for the Little Shell Tribe to gain its deserved recognition...something that is still being waited for today.