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4 ^'DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR v Introduction of intoxicant* on Indian Reservation*. To Superintendents: UNITED STATES INDIAN SERVICE. i Y« WASHINGTON V ••.•••••• v, .• ,. -*. „4~ Circular No. 69$ Octobcr 21,1911 Recent reports indicate that there is not at all Indian schools and agencies the strict compliance with the law which there should be, against the introduction of intoxicants, and that some government physicians prescribe liquor for alleged medicinal purposes. Absolute prohibition of the liquor traffic in the Indian country is provided by Sec. 2139, Revised Statutes of the United States and amendments thereto. Without permission of the Secretary of War the introduction o€ intoxicating liquors of any kind in any manner or for any purposes whatsoever, even for medicinal purposes with or without physicain's presciption, is prohibited, except wines solely for sacramental pur poses, under church authority. It is intended that every use of intoxicating liquor by employees or others on Indian reservations except as indicated above will be adsolutely prohibited. The law must be observed. Every employee in the Indian Service knows that the use of intox icants is one of greatest menaces to the health and the progress ot Indians. Congress has reconized this fact by making large appro priations for a special force of officers to assist the Indian Office •In the suppression of the liquor traffic among Indians. This special legislation not only relieve the field employees of che Indian Service Of their responsibility to enforce prohibition in the Indian country as provided by law, but should serve to emphasize that responsibility. The law cannot be enforced effectively as to Indians unless employees themselves set the example for its obedience. There can not be one law in the Indian country for Indians and a different law for white employees^ .. :•. -Wi^' I I •*..•' 7