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INDIANS WIN SUCCESS.
The recent celebration of. the forty
seventh anniversary of Hampton Institute,
which brought hundreds of visitors from
both the North and the South, made clear
the fact that Hampton continues to offer
Indian and colored youth rare opportunities
for training in "schoolfeaching, farming,
homemaking, the common trades, and
The Indian students at Hampton Insti
tute played a conspicuous and important
part in the anniversary exercises. There
are six Indians in the Senior Trade class,
one, Daniel N. Thomas, a Pima, of Sacaton,
Ariz., being vice-president of the class.
Among the candidates for diplomas there
are five IndiansFred Bender, a Chippewa,
of Penturen, Minn., W. David Owl, a Chero
kee, Roddey, S. C, Rueben Williams, a
Tuscarora, Lewiston, N. Y., Carmen Mon
tion, a Yaqui, El Paso, Texas, and Cynthia
Powdrill, a Pueblo, Ashton, Kan., all having
applied for teachers' certificates. Miss
Mention and Miss Powdrill have also com
pleted the home economics course.
During the anniversary exercises Miss
Montion related before a large and appre
ciative audience the memories of her child
hood. She told how, as a child of seven, she
/cared for the sheep and goats, helped her
mother hunt clay for making pottery, assist
ed with the weaving during the winter
months, prepared the corn for bread, and
even learned to make the bread.
Miss Elizabeth Bender, Hampton '07, of
Penturen, Minn., now teaching in the Car
lisle School, but until recently a teacher on
the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap Reserva
tions, attended the Hampton anniversary
exercises, and gave an interesting account
of her experiences in the Indian Schools.
Candidates for diplomas and certificates
were presented to the Board of Trustees by
Hon, William Howard Taft, who is the
lent of the Board.
.x-."Xan Q.P.ut from here with the mark on
you 'A Hampton Graduate,' said Mr. Taft.
"I lojrmtB elaborate the advantage
that you have in that honor and that privi
lege. It classifies you. It shows that you
have passed through a mold that is expected,
by the country and the people whom you
meet to have'developed in you'thoroughness,
character, and the Hampton spirit of self
sacrifice. You owe it to yourselves to be
worthy of that reputation that you will have
ascribed to you. You owe it to your race,
for if you fail for lack of character, tenaci
ty of purpose, or in wisdom, you injure your
race. Your life is to be one of struggle.
No candid supporter or friend of yours can
A Good Boofc Is An Excellent Mind Tonic.
be blind to the conditions that confront you
the trials you will have to meet, the great
burdens that you will have to carry. And
you must know that these things are to be
met and overcome only by courage, by self
restraint, by confidence in God and by lean
ino- on Him, and bv The reward that comes
to you from the consciousness of having
fought the good fight and deserved success.''
Press Service, Hampton Institute, Virgin
Evidence is piling up that the Indian
Bureau is beginning to realize that the In
dian problem primarily is a human problem.
In the past Commissioners of Indian Affairs
have been deeply concerned with coal and
oil lands, with schools and cattle raising
with regulations and laws. The Indian has
looked on Avith little understanding of why
all that was being done for him was good for
him. And no one took the trouble to tell
Cato Sells, the present Commissioner of
Indian Affairs, seems to be aiming at a bet
ter understanding of the red man. An ex
ample of his effort to demonstrate to the
Indian that the white man is trying to give
him fair play is found in the case reported
yesterday of the conviction of the murderer
of De Soto Tiger, a Seminole, who was as
sailed by a white brigand, robbed of his life
savings, and killed. State authorities of
Florida seem to have shown little interest
in the case. Efforts to trace the murderer
fell entirely upon the Indian office. And it
took a year to get justice.
Similar efforts to fasten upon only the
guilty parties to the Piute uprising, the re
cent success in obtaining a higher appraisal
of timber lands among the Indians of the
Northwest, and the release and restoration
to his Blackfeet tribesmen of Spo Pee, im
prisoned for many years in the Government
^Hospital for the Insaneall these betoken
the deeper interest the Indian Office is tak
ing in the current perplexities of the In
The opportunities given Indians to air
theiivriews.before the Indian Commissioner,
and his personal visits to many tribes,
should result in a more friendly relation
between them and the Government. The
psychological effect of this direct contact,
the feeling that the white man is willing
to listen to their story and to get their point
of view, is what is needed if the friction and
misunderstanding of many years are to be
broken down.The Washington /Times,
April 28, 1915. 'V.
RED LAKE, MINNESOTA, MAY 1, 1915. NUMBER 16
Louis Carl has been pretty busy clear
ing up land this spring. He expects to get
a couple of acres planted soon.
Frank Carl is also clearing right alohg.r
He says that he will soon have a field as
large as Mr. Barrett's. Frank has less than
$200 to pay on his reimbursable property.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brun spent a few,
days at Red Lake recently.
Gus LaJenesse is busy at present putting
in a crop on his tentative allotment near
:,\^Louis- Guraeaa is ^-BecUsXake. Mrs*
Gurneau has not been well this spring, and
Louis has taken her to Red Lake so as to be
near the doctor for treatment. We hope
that Mrs. Gurneau will recover rapidly and
that they will soon be with us again.
Frank Brun is the early bird around here
as he got his garden planted along about
From present indications we are going to
have a very favorable year for all crops in
Mr. and Mrs. Omen are on an extended
trip to Red Lake.
Supt. W. F. Dickens, Wm. Donner, Supt.
of Construction from the Indian Office, and
Nathan J. Head were here this week looking
over the road building proposition.
Louis Carl and John J. Spears made a
trip to Red Lake the last of the week to get
William Sayers and others from bia
neighborhood went to the Agency to get
their farming tools and seeds.
The sawmill will begin operations Mon
day, May 3rd next, and the many re
quests for lumber may soon be Supplied.
We expect to cut at least one million feet
this season, and hope there may never be any
need for complaint that we cannot supplyf,.
local demand. iS^fi"
Pewash, Joseph Mason and Joseph Jour-.
dain were among those to purchase, new^
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The introduction of intoxicating liquors'
into this reservation or its sale to non
citizen Indians is forbidden by law under y.
a penalty of imprisonment for not less
than sixty days.
See Act of January 30, 1897 (29 State
FARM STATION ITEMS.
The Farm Station Farmer's club meeting
will be held at John J. Spears' home May
15th. We hope air members will try to
come, especially the neighbors who have a
share in the shingle mill are requested to be
present. The mill is here, set up, and
ready for business.
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