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    In Washington, D.C., the leadership of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) meets with President John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy then invites the delegates to return the following day when they are given a tour of the White House. The delegates, dressed in traditional regalia, perform Indian dances for Caroline, John Jr., and other children at the White House school.

    With the completion of Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell in northern Arizona, the once remote Rainbow Natural Bridge National Monument, a sacred place for the Navajo, becomes more accessible. The National Park Service provides a boat and dock service for tourists.

    In South Dakota, the federal government declares land taken from the Oglala Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation to be used as a bombing range during World War II to be surplus.

    In Wisconsin, the Winnebago reluctantly reorganize according to the guidelines of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. They retain their chief-clan structure which is based on four Sky clans and eight Earth clans.

    In Washington, rangers from the Olympic National Park burn down a Makah smokehouse and canning structure at the mouth of the Ozette River. The tribal council protests the action as a violation of their 1855 treaty.

    There's lots more, but maybe it should be a diary.

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