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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
THE INDIAN AND THE BIGOT.
It would seem that the poor Indian has forever forfeited
the pursuit of the even tenor of his way. Especially is
this true of the Indian who has affiliated himself with the
Catholic faith. True, government has at last come to re
cognize his rights and aims to guarantee their enjoyment.
But the bigot is arrayed against him.
The land given him by the government has been sold
from time to time to extend the interests of the white man.
Because a ward of the nation he does not receive the profits
of the barter. Government has made itself their guardian
and dispenser. But they are nevertheless his profits, his
money. Government, therefore, is nothing more than a
self-appointed trustee of the funds. Neither has it always
been a fair nor a just dispenser, the present administration
being a notable exception.
The present Congress saw the Indians' rights in this fund
threatened by hostile legislation, followed to its last resort,
but meeting with defeat. It was the work either of a woe
fully ignorant member of that body or an unrelenting bigot.
And if actions are truthful interpreters of purpose; it is easy
to make the correct selection. But Congress stood stead
fast to the rights to the Indian and to the ruling of the admi
nistration, and the hostile efforts were defeated.
This meant that the funds above mentioned could be used
by the Indian for the education of his children in sectarian
schools if he so desired. The blow was a serious one to the
bigots. Smarting under the lash of defeat, they cast about
for other ways to ellcct their purpose. Behind the legislation
as it is annually, was the misnamed Indian Rights Associa
tion. To this baud of anti-Catholic bigots was assigned the
task of fresh attack.
Emissaries were at once dispatched among the Sioux In
dians. Facts were falsified, prejudices appealed to and en
mities aroused. As a result, several Sioux Indians joined