Memorandum for the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Transportation, the Director, Office of Management and Budget, the Chairman, Civil Service Commission, the Administrator of General Services, the Administrator, Small Business Administration, the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, the Director, Community Services Administration, the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, the fitting Chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Governor, Farm Credit Administration
I am today designating Bradley H. Patterson, Jr., of the White House Office to assist me in the area of American Indian affairs. It will be Mr. Patterson's specific responsibility to work with each of you to improve the coordination among the Federal agencies with programs that serve the Indian people.
It is important that you insure the effective delivery and efficient operation of Federal Indian programs and services. I request that priority attention be given to coordination of these efforts among the Departments and Agencies and within the Executive Office of the President.
In addition, I request you continue to insure that when Federal actions are planned which affect Indian communities, the responsible Indian leaders are consulted in the planning process.
GERALD R. FORD