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Just foe and Fair Dealing for
every Indian who desires to
become a good Citizen.
Official Organ of the Minnesota
I. L06AI, Editor md Publisher.
r?'' Published Weekly at
mite tirth Agency, Minnesota.
tWSCnlPTIOI: J1.6(1 PER TEAR II ADUKCl
Where the Shoe Pinches,
The Hon. Commissioner of Into
dian Affairs,. Mr.- Charles H.
Burke, is quoted by the public
press (article in Dultrth Herald and
whiofc appears in another column),
as being opposed to the proposed
,'$200 .per capita payment to /the
,embers of tie Minnesota Chip
pewas aiidas provided by a bill
introducedLby Hon. Oscar J. Lar
son, M. C-, from the Eighth
Congressional district. If the
Commissioner is quoted rightly
his prime reasons for opposing the
said measure is in the assumption
tftrt "IT WILL PEPLETE
THEIR FUNDS BELOW THE
SAFETY MAfeKI" Ah, thre?s
Abe rub, and fully explains the
antMrogressiv attitude of the
Indianbureaui in a nut-she!), es
as concerns the affairs
vidingfor the payment of $100
Minnesota Chippewas that it will
so "deplete" the tribal funds that
there will not be sufficient of theA3|l&
funds remaining to continue, in
definitely, if you please, the costly
and demoralising administrative
policy of tn| Indian Bureau on
tbe Minnesot* Indian reservations?
Is it possible tb^t it is the sinis
trous purpose ^f the Indian Bureau
to insist in uphol&pg a system at
once cruel, senseless, ^nd contempt
ible, in order to perpetuate itself
and its 7,000 employees? A policy
In vogue for the past forty, years
and which instead of educating or
otherwise benefiting the Indian,
encourages him to stick to a life
of idleness and shiftless indolence
and to keep an ever watchful eye
on the "government warehouss.'*
Brigadier-General R. Pratt,
and ttyere is no more reliable ex
ponent of tbe Indian question than
he, is quoted in an address as say
ing that the best andpurest plan
to settle the vexed InaSaa problem
is "by giving th lfi(dlian Citizen
ship and ^odMiilfifa?1,
and tE &
oqly way to do ffcfi #lo "Abo&h
that monstrous pifWiiotory de
ception," styled th Ihdiaa Bureau.
Oer 90 per cent of the Minne
sota Chippewas are, today, self
supixlffcinif tax-paying citizens a
bare tea 0er cent are so-called
fullbloods or dependent Indians
and the Red Lake Indians are in
cluded in the* latter class. And
had the Red Lake Indians been
allotted their lands 33 years ago
and as provided by the agreement
of 1889, the larger majority of this
ing productive factorsself-supporte of the Stat
band would als be Q^
tion, leading an indolent ana semi-
gressive Minnesota Chippewas who
were allotted lands 30 odd
Ago are now, practicing law
in business pursuits, holding posi
tions of trust, are respected and
esteemed as law-abiding citizens
in the communities in which tbey
It.wpuld be more creditable if
the officials of the Indian Bureau
supported and favored measures
which incline to give the Indians,
especially the progressive ones,
what justly belongs to them. Seg-
Enfeied at the Postofflce at White regate the tribal funds, apportion
Earth, Minn., as mail Matter of the nae per capita the amount which
is due to each and every one and
abolish every Indian agency in
the State of Minnesota. The
sooner this is done the sooner will
the Indian become a part of the
general population of the country.
The following communication
from Representative O. J. Larson,
Mr. E. J. Warren of this vil-
\g. XI ._^ K Fell back into the darkness,
savage existence, its members in- youfcheprairie
And although we bargainee! for your ful dress sui we you back for it
day The children of a large Merely the price of a pair of sheepskin moccasins."
number of the 90 per cent pro- And the poor young Indian, only one voice against so many,
OFFICIAL ORGAN OF TH|L
A YOUNG INDIAN'S ADVENTURE WITH OPPORTUNITY.
)By Leta Myers Smart.)
(In writing the following the author had in mind Certain young to?
dian man from the Bad (River) Reservation, the name of which plae^
she doesn't think is the least bit misapplied anywherethe Situation ^S
tbe-best example soe ^hows of what there OUGHT NOT TO BB.
One day not long ago a young Indian man
Jumped down from the fence where he had been sitting
With a lot of his fellows
Who, like himself, had beenwaiting
For the evening train to come in,
(Most important event of the day),
For sometimes, and indeed quite often,
It.meant the coming of moonshine and good" time
Sometimes, however, just the coming of gossip,
As had buen their wont to spend their evenings
In no more meaningful way
Than this worse, than idle habit of theirs!
Butfcbisone young man on this particular evening
Got tired of it all and walked wray.
Alone he went, with his hands in his pockets,
Walking slowly and mediating,
In the direction of the setting sun.
Quite some distance from the Indlan*village,."
On tfe other side of which rose a hill, high and stately,
Thaitne sun was setting- behind.
Bright and beautiful lights were all around its summit,
the sky there was more glory!
The young man looked up, beheld, and enjoyed it,
But Wondered a moment at the figure he saw against tbe skyline.
sfranger, it seemed, not known in these parts.
Litl one from afar returning home after long absence,
And resting himself on his journey and viewing again some old famil-
And wondering if there wasn't some one he could meet e'er he went
on his way again.
Finally the young man, in a voice full of courage and friendship,
Galled, "Ho! there, my friend!"
Vnd "Ho!" came back again, and more, if it pleases you to know
"Come on up, ydung man.
I am surprised you do not know me,
For I am Opportunity
With other names applied, of course, such as:
'Death to the Indians,'or,
Reason for Putting the Indian Office Out,'
But meaning more, I take it, of the latter than the former.
But come np, just the same
I would like to meet you.
Surely you must have heard of me, though perhaps it was long ago.
In your grandfather's time, and before you were
Placed on your prairie reservation"
And the young Indian man DID remember that long ago he HAD heard
His grandfather speak of Opportunity,
Who was so willing to come and be a friend for half a chance.
So he started up to meet him.
When lo! as if from the underworld there suddenly sprang a fence,
So high and unsurmountable,
That the young Indian man wa* dazed and awe-struck!
But the cbeery voice of Opportunity still rang in his ears.
And when his amazement had left him be stsrted to climb one
postsof this dreadful fence, u,
But lof againit beciine alive,
With bands stretched put defiantly,
And a voice that fairly screamed:
"Go back, young Indian, to your prairie reservation.
I am the Oommissiofito and I am paid to keep you fasteded to your
reservation. vi A
Go back, I say, and stay1
But the young Indian man, still wanting to meet Opportumly,
Ra on to the next post that he would have climbed had not the same
thing happened, only in a smaHer way,
And a voice that whined and Thypnotised, like a sickly woman
Bound to make you do her bidding,
And with bands just as defiant and eager to'stay his ascent (some
think more so):
"I am the Assistant Commissioner, and I, too.
Must make believe that you are no good,
Mus mace oeiiev wia you are guuu
You wiln have to go back!
instead of being cooped up within And all the.other postathat made op the fence repeated the cry:
''Go back to your reservation!
enough to meet so great a personage as Opportunity.
The outside world is much too big and far too fine for yo u!
l^ne, teaching io schools, engaged I Tha must bar from hell
White Earth, Becker County, Minnesota,
The communication is in answCi
to one written by Mr. Warren ai
House of Representatives, tf.
Washington, D. C.
September, 19, 1922.
Mr. Eugene J. Warren,
White Earth, Minnesota,
throbbing. And a sigh in hinsistifHed cry'
HAVE (not oiv^
lage, explains the Commissioner
attitude in regard to making
capita payments to the Chippewati which I told him- whut 1 bad
days ago with the Commissioner
of Indian Affairs, in the course of
learned from personal iuvestiga
tion of the economic condition of
in which was inclosed a patifciop the Indians. I was in hopes that
signed by a large number of
Chippewa people asking his
Larson's) aid in securing a
lej be would withdraw his opposition
to my bill which provides for a
payment of $200 per capita to the
per capita payment. Mr. Larsoh's Chippewa Indians of Minnesota.
He is opposed to tbe per capita
^payment policy, but assured me
that the government would see to
it that no Indian needing support
would be neglected by the govern
Congress will adjourn this
week without passing my bill. I
intend, however, to re-introduce
ft when Congress re-convencs in
I am in receipt of your letter
oft the 10th instant, enclosing thl December. I hope that it will be
petition therein mentioned. passed in time
In reply to your letter, I wij)
say that I had a conference a feW
part of the .suffering on the
Thursday, September 28, 1922.
O. J. Larson.
Order Limiting Time to File Claims
and for Hearing: Thereon.
State of Minnesota, County of .Bec
ker, In Probate Court.
In the Matter ot the Estate of Mah
Letters of administration thia day
having been granted to James A.
IT IS* ORDERED, that the time
within which all creditors of the
above named decedent may present
claims against his estate in this court,
be, and the same hereby is, limited
to six months from and after the
date hereof and that Monday, the
19th day of March 1923, at 10 o'clock
A. M., in the Probate Court Rooms,
tii the Court House at Detroit in said
County, be, and the same hereby is,
.fixed and appointed as the time and
place for hearing upon and the ex
3 animation, adjustment and allowance
of such claims as shall be presented
within the time aforesaid.
Let notice hereof be given by the
publication of this order in "The
Tomahawk," as provided bylaw.
Dated September 5. 1922.
Alma C. Pederson,
Relief in Sight
Congressman Larson Receives Assurance
From Indian Commissioner.
Some relief is in sight for the
almost detitute Chippewa Indians
in the Red Lake, Nett Lake and
Grand Portage districts, if theat
promise of Commissioner of Indian
Affairs Burke bears fruit, accord
ing to a telegram received by
Ralph Nichols from O. J. Larson,
member of Congress from this
district. Mr. Nichols is Mr. Lar
Commissioner Burke, while op
posed to Mr, Larson's per capita
payment bill, has promised to help
out ia the affair.
The condition of the 1,200 hip
pewa Indians^ in the northern dis
trict has been occasioning grave
concern among those who have
investigated their position. Tbey
are reported to be out of work,
have no crops, the game is scarce
and there is almost no fishing.
Congressman Larson recently
visited the territory on an investi
gation trip and after his return to
Washington, introduced a bill
authorizing the department of In*
dian Affairs to make a payment of
$200 per capita to the members of
the tribe, out of tbe Chippewa In
dian fund, held in trusc for them
by the gnvernment.
Commissioner Bure is opposed
to the bill, stating that it would
deplete $eJnjacjs below ^-het safety
mark, according to word from
The Best is
None too Good!
Years of experience In buy
ing and selling groceries has
taught us that the public
want the best.
Our shelves are always full of pure, fresh and up-to date Gro-
ceries, which we give to our customers at the lowest possible
price. Our line^of
Published in behalf of, and
to secure the welfare of the
Indians of the United States.
Boots and Shoes
is complete and up-to-date
'Buy where the buying Is good."
Come ia and see what great buying power
a little money will have in
this up-to-date store.
TheB. L. FAIRBANKS Co.
White Earth, Minnesota.
Washington. Following a con
ference later with Congressman
Larson, however, he promised
that he would use bis influence to
give relief to the Indians in all
worthy cases. The action of the
Commissioner will be taken pend
ing an investigation and congres
sional legislation.Duluth Herald.
PAID ADVERTISEMENT In
serted by J. II. Baldwin, of Frazee,
Minn., in his own behalf, and paid for
our regular rates.
John H. Baldwin
Candidate for Re-election as
Becker and Hubbard Counties
NOVEMBER 7tb, 1922.
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