INDIANS: Drums on the Potomac

Until Nov. 2 most people outside the Bureau of Indian Affairs—including many of the Indians it was created to serve—took little notice of its operation. On that day, however, the bureau achieved national notoriety when 600 urban-oriented young Indians, who called their mission "the Trail of Broken Treaties," began a seven-day occupation of the building. They were protesting the bureau's inefficiency and its indifference to the pyramiding problems faced by Indians, especially in the cities. Uncertain how to handle the militants and anxious to minimize the pre-election publicity that accompanied their trashing of the building, the Administration...

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