ODA files, lot 62 D 225, “Trust Territory of Pacific Islands”
The Director, Office of Territories, Department of the Interior (Strand) to the Director of the Office of Dependent Area Affairs (Gerig)
Dear Mr. Gerig : In reply to your classified letter of May 10, 1954,1 to which was attached a copy of a letter from Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge raising several questions with respect to the Marshallese petition to the United Nations, I am enclosing a copy of a classified letter received from High Commissioner Midkiff.
On page 2 of his letter the High Commissioner raises the question which logically comes to mind as a result of your inquiry as to whether the Department of State wishes to suggest a change in the present situation as regards the channeling of petitions. We shall be glad to receive any suggestions you may have on this question.
On page 3 of the attachment2 to his letter, I believe the High Commissioner has made an erroneous reference to James Milne as the writer of the petition. The writer was apparently Dwight Heine as stated on page 2 of the letter itself and in a recently published newspaper story.
If we can provide any further information on this subject, we shall be glad to do so.
- See footnote 1, p. 1487.↩
- Not printed. It was entitled “Report on a trip to Kwajalein and Ebeye to confer with officials and with the people of Rongelap, Uterik and Ebeye; and to Majuro, (Uliga and Ejit) to inspect and confer with the Marshallese petitioners (to UN) and with Trust Territory staff”. (799.021/6–2554)↩
- Under cover of a letter of June 25 the Director of the Office of Dependent Area Affairs (Gerig) transmitted a copy of this letter to the U.S. Representative on the Trusteeship Council (Sears) for the information of Ambassador Lodge (799.021/6–2554). The decimal file copy of the Gerig letter included only the attachment (“Report”) and not the May 21 letter itself. No copy of the source text was attached to the Gerig letter.↩