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Affairs, Department of the Interior, through which collaboration will be maintained with administrators of public services to Indians and with Indian scholars in other American republics, and with the InterAmerican Indian Institute provisionally established in Mexico City.
The new division will function under the guidance of a policy committee consisting of Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Chairman; Laurence Duggan, of the Department of State; and M. L. Wilson, of the Department of Agriculture.
The Division of Inter-American Cooperation will publish monographs in Spanish on aspects of Indian administration in the United States, and will work with learned societies and scholars in the development and coordination of studies which will contribute to a better understanding of the problems of the Indians throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The Office will work in close cooperation with the Inter-American Indian Institute which has been provisionally created pursuant to resolutions adopted at the First Inter-American Conference Indian Life held at Pátzcuaro, Mexico, in 1940,
and serves as a medium for collaboration of governments and interested citizens in the social, economic, educational, and health problems common to the Indians in the Americas. An international agreement awaiting ratification by the several American republics establishes the InterAmerican Indian Institute as a permanent body financed by the signatory governments and calls for the creation of collaborating agencies in each country. It has been signed by Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, the United States of America, Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, and ratified by the four latter countries.
Pending additional ratifications, the Institute is functioning on a provisional basis. John Collier, United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, is a member of the Provisional Executive Committee, and the Provisional Director of the Institute is Dr. Moisés Sáenz, a well-known educator and expert on Indian life, who is now the Mexican Ambassador to Peru.
In several American republics the Indian population is predominant, and the grand total of Indians in North and South America exceeds thirty million.
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