Morton H. Silver, Esq.
19 West Flagler Street
Miami 32, Florida
This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of
the 21st instant regarding the objections of the Mikasuki
Seminoles of the State of Florida to the claim of the
Seminole Indians of the State of Florida, Docket Nos. 73 and
Since the claims were filed by attorneys under an
approved contract, the Commission considers that under the
Indian Claims Commission Act it is obliged to proceed with
their hoaring and determination. But of course this will not
bar the Mikasuki Seminoles from formally submitting
objections to the prosecution of the claims as indicated in
my letter of October 14. In this connection I might state
that the attorneys are pressing for an early hearing on the
pending claims so perhaps you should present your objections
with as little delay as possible.
With reference to the second paragraph of your
letter, the following is quoted from the Commission's Rules
"Sec. 34. Claims filed by attorney. Claims
may be filed on behalf of a claimant by an attorney or firm
of attorneys retained for that purpose under the provisions
of section 15 of the act creating the Commission. where a
claimant has retained more than one attorney or more than
one firm of attorneys, only one of said attorneys shall be
designated Individually as the attorney of record. All
pleadings, notices, or other papers required by these rules
or by orders of the Commission to be serviced upon a
claimant, shall be sent to such attorney of record at the
address designated by him, and service upon him shall be
deemed to be service upon the claimant."
"Sec. 35. Attorneys to register. An
attorney of record, on appearing in a case, shall register
with the clerk of the Commission his name and post-office
address or the designation as such and his post-office
address may be shown at the end of the petition."
There is enclosed a copy of the form used for
registration of attorneys.
Very truly yours,
James A. Langston