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THE OGLALA LIGHT.
that yon will all understand. I will introduce the Major to all of you. He is your friend and what Itift says to you will be correct. Inspector McLaughlin. My friends, 1 am pleased to meet yon and to see sueik gathering present. I met a number of the leading men of the reservation in council here three weeks ago, and explained to them several provisions of a bill that was in troduced in Congress last December by U. S. Senator Gamble for the opening of that part of your reservation lying north of the 10th standard parallel, con taining approximately 900,000 acres. The opening of that part of your reservation as contemplated by the bill referred to, does not mean that the entire tract is to become public domain, but only the surplus lands opened to settlement for homsteaders, that is, all lands that have not been alloted to Indians would be open to entry as home steads by citizens of the United States under the provisions of the bill. When I talked with you here on the 16th ultimo, your speakers stated that a delegation of your people had recently visited the Department, where the question of this proposed opening had been discussed with the Indian Office officals, and that you had been given to understand that nothing further would be done with reference to it in the way of legislation until allotments of your lands had been completed. In view of the statements made by your speakers regarding that phase of the question, I said that under the circumstances, it was possible that yon might not have the matter submitted to you again this year, but that I could not promise such that I being subject to orders of my superiors, should I be ordered by the Secretary of the Interior to come here and present the matter formally, ii would be my duty to do so, and that I or some one else might be sent here again during the year in reference to the proposed opening. I reported, preliminary, upon my conferences with you people and with the Rosebud people in reference to this opening, and requested that I be authorized to report in person at the Department that I might clearly ex* plain certain phases of the matter which had been brought to my attention while on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservation. In reply to my letter, I received a telegram from the Secretary of the Interior stating that it was not necessary for me to go to Washington, but to return to Pine Ridge where instructions would be sent me, and that is why I am now here and in coun cil with you today. After my arrival here, I received a telegram from the Secretary dated last Wednesday, directing me to take up with you Pine Ridge Indians, the matter of opening part of your reservation, a bill for which was pending before the last Congress. This document in my hand is the bill referred to. It was fully explained by me to those of you who were present in our council three A representative