The growth of organizations devoted to political activism among Native peoples spurred a 1927 Indian Act amendment that required a permit for the solicitation of funds for any legal claim pressed by Natives. The superintendent general gained the power to issue such licences. The official rationalization for the practice emphasized its protective aspects-such as guarding Natives from unscrupulous lawyers and outside agitators-but other motives were also present. It was, in fact, aimed more directly at people like Frederick Loft and organizations like the League of Indians, the Six Nations Council, and the Allied Tribes of B.C. that had launched legal action against the government. The legislation impeded the pursuit of these claims, undermined efforts to gain nationwide support by restricting the collection of funds that made travel and gatherings possible, and permitted harassment of and charges against the individuals involved in these organizations. These provisions, which were repealed only in the 1951 revisions of the Indian Act, inhibited the growth of a national Native organization.

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