Federation members at a meeting in Riverside, 1930.
The Mission Indian Federation
are surprised to learn that American Indians were not allowed to be citizens
of the United States until 1924. Indians were denied many other rights.
Indians from throughout the Southwest tried to end their plight by joining
the Mission Indian Federation. The group aimed, as one 1922 resolution
stated, “to secure by legislation the rights and benefits belonging
to the Indian — to protect him in such rights — against all
unjust laws, rules, and regulations that have been made against his interests.”
Ahmium Education, Inc., organized a full-day session in 2004 that focused on the Federation, as part of the 28th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education. Ushkana Press explores the start of the Federation in a booklet, Standing Firm: The Mission Indian Federation fight for basic human rights, by Deborah Dozier, with contributions by Pauline Murillo, Ernest H. Siva, Richard A. Hanks, and Pat Murkland. Contact