32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A New Deal for Indians

Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Indian Reorganization Act on June 18, 1934. It was part of Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” a series of ambitious social programs designed to reform federal policy and help the nation recover from the Great Depression. Among other things, the New Deal established the Civilian Conservation Corps—which included a special Indian division that employed nearly 15,000 Indians.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Indian Reorganization Act on June 18, 1934. It was part of Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” a series of ambitious social programs designed to reform federal policy and help the nation recover from the Great Depression. Among other things, the New Deal established the Civilian Conservation Corps—which included a special Indian division that employed nearly 15,000 Indians.

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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, as many as 2 million sheep grazed on the Navajo Nation. That was in addition to hundreds of thousands of goats, cattle and horses that foraged on the 27,000-square-mile reservation spanning parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The Navajo population itself had quintupled since 1870 and,…
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