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THE SIOUX CITY JOURNAL,
Sioux City, la. Gentlemen: Indians among these tribes are without rations and are in need of food and clothing for the winter. Unless the system of supervising the Indian Affairs is improved in the near future, great numbers of Indians will become poverty stricken, and it will fall upon the people of the various counties and states to care for them, declared Mr. Sloan. He said that graft of the traders, together with the bad judgment and careless manage ment of the Indian lands, on the part of Government officials, soon will deprive them of the property which has been granted them by the Government. New legislation, to be proposed by representatives and officers of the Society of American Indians, will provide for the members of each tribe to have some voice in the recalling of superintendents and agents in charge. They also will ask for more legal rights for the Indian that he can better protect himself in the courts. Mr. Sloan said that efforts will be made to have the Burke bill of 1906 repealed, which excludes certain classes of Indian land holders from full citizenship. PINE RIDGE AGENCY, S. D. I note on page 14 of your Sunday Journal, of October 31, 1915, an article, headed, "Indians Ask More Rights." This article deals with an interview with Thomas L. Sloan, of Washington, D. C. (Pender, Neb.). General statements as to dissipation of Indian lands, mismanagement by Government officials and destitution among the Indians by reason of graft and exploitation, are of not infrequent occurrence in the public print. Whether or not there is foundation for these statements it is not my purpose to discuss. However, these general statements sometimes give erroneous impressions to the public of actual conditions. As Pine Ridge is specifically mentioned in the article, I feel that some explanation should be 6. November 9th, 1915.