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Minutes of the Meeting held by Government Em
ployees Representing the Stock-raising and agricul tural interests of Pine Ridge Reservation: The meeting was called to order in the office of the Stock Detective by Supt. J. R. Brennan, and the following persons were present Chief Clerk A. M. Landman, Stock Detective E. L. Rosecrans, Farmer E. B. Pomeroy of Eagle Nest Dist., Farmer J. J. Boesl of Pass Creek Dist., Farmer Judson Shook of Medicine Root Dist., Farmer Chas. D. Parkhurst of Porcupine Dist., Farmer Ira E. Myers of Wounded Knee Dist., Farmer L. L. Smith of White Clay Dist.i and Farmer H. E. Wright of Wakpamni Dist. The meeting was organized by electing Supt. Brennan as Chairman and Farmer Wright as Secretary. Mr. Brennan stated the object of the meeting and outlined the policy of the Indian Office in their efforts to promote the industrial achievements of the Indians. He referred to Office Circular No. 942, relating to Agricultural Operations, and this Circular was read by Mr. Landman. This Circular was then discussed by the various members present. Motion by Mr. Boesl, seconded by Mr. Pomeroy, That Indian Dances be prohibited during the period beginning April 10th and ending Nov. 1st. Motion Carried. Supt. Brennan states that the so-called "white dances" should be re gulated and should not be held without permission from the Supt or Farmer The matter of regular office days and field days for the Farmer was taken up and discussed. Motion by Mr. Boesl, seconded by Mr. Shook, That Farmes stay in the Office on Saturdays and Mondays. Carried. It was decided to put the above motion into effect May 1st, and to be ob served during the extent of the busy planting and harvesting period. Mr. Landman carefully explained the latest Office regulations relating to the disbursement of individual Indian moneys, stating that the Superin tendent is now authorized to grant permission to spend this money for needed improvements, seeds, etc. where such expenditure seems advisable. Farmers were instructed that their recommendations should be specified and should show amount of material needed and unit prices as nearly as possible. Mr. Brennan spoke on the subject of Indian homes and stated that a special effort should be made by the Farmers to induce the Indian to improve the condition of the houses in which they live. Every Indian house should be provided with a good roof, a board floor, windows permitting sufficient light and ventilation, and a bedstead and Mr. Brennan asked that Indians 18.