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I 1 The employee who hopes to be successful must bring to the work a proper spirit. Not only must he bring this spirit to the work, but he must maintain a proper spirit throughout his labors. Many things are involved in this. To begin with he must appreciate the magnitude and importance of the problem. Some idea of its magnitude has been given above. Its importance is another phase that deserves con sideration. Some people seem to think that the Indian problem is not important, that the American people through their government owe nothing to the Indian. Let us look at this fallacy for a mo ment to see if there is anything in it. Before the white man came to America the whole country was owned and in the possession of the Indian. The white race took possession, too often through sheer might at other times through shrewd dealing. The Dutch bought Manhattan Island fjr $24. "William Penn secured the whole o Pennsylvania for a mere song. An examination of the treaties by which the Indians ceded the territory from which they had not been driven discloses that in nearly every case the Indians sold their birth right for a mess of pottage. It is true that the only Indians who re ceived anywhere near what their lands were worth were the ones who fought stubbornly. Can any fair-minded person in the face of these historical facts, conscientiously assert that we owe nothing to the Indian? The employee of the Indian Service who fails to ap preciate this matter is incapable of measuring up to the demands that are bound to be made upon him. Long years of experience, in which many of the best minds of our country have given earnest thought to this problem, have evolved a policy under which the affairs of the Indians are at present admin istered. This policy is doubtless imperfect as yet, but there is little doubt that it is as near perfect at the present time as the limit ations of the finite mind can make it. It is also doubtless true that as other minds give it their attention in the future it will be improv ed, but for the present conditions, with present knowledge and pre sent possibilities, it is probably the best policy. Employees in the service should maintain a spirit of cooperation with this policy. As the success of any undertaking depends upon the amount of the pull together spirit that the various workers manifest, and as failure is 6. If.