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MEMORANDUM OF THE CHAIRMAN
To Members of the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs:
Although Congress has established a National Housing Policy that every American family is entitled to a "decent, safe and sanitary” dwelling, we are still far from achieving this goal for many Americans. This is particularly true of the American Indian.
Despite the existence of several Federal programs designed to provide Indian housing, the condition of much Indian housing today can only be described as deplorable. The reasons for this include such factors as the prevalence of low incomes, the predominance of trust land, unique cultural patterns and the multiplicity of Federal agencies involved in the Indian housing effort.
This report highlights these and other factors contributing to the sad state of Indian housing. It provides for the first time a comprehensive collection of data and materials essential to an understanding of the Indian housing problem.
The report was prepared for the Indian Affairs Subcommittee, chaired by Senator James Abourezk, by Thomas B. Williams and Robert D. Leatherman of the Committee's professional staff. Mr. Leatherman, an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is serving on the staff as a Congressional Fellow, sponsored by the American Political Science Association.
This report merits study by Members of the Congress and all those who are concerned with the problems of Indian housing. I have therefore asked that it be published as a Committee print with the hope that it will stimulate fresh thinking and new approaches to helping every Indian family achieve decent housing.
HENRY M. JACKSON, Chairman.
Memorandum of the Chairman.
1. Low rent program..
3. Turnkey III homeownership program..
1. Road construction.--
3. Program administration.--
1. The tri-agency agreement-
6. Regional characteristics...
1. Maintain the status quo with administrative changes.-
I. Significant dates in Indian housing-
Slow progress in eliminating substandard Indian housing (Re-
port No. B-114868)--
garding a survey of Federal efforts in Alaska in meeting
a survey of HUD's low-rent public housing program at two
Office (Report No. B-114868)
Arnold C. Sternberg and Catherine M. Bishop-
VIII. HUD circulars and legal memorandums forming the basis for tribal
Memorandum from PHA Legal Division to PHA Commis-
sioner, dated July 19, 1962, subject: Low-rent housing on