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ill Tkc IiiktoB Experiment An event of considerable interest was held at the Yankton Agency on May 15. 1916 when 160 of the Yankton Sioux were granted full citizenship and relieved from the guardianship of the federal government according to press reports. Secretary Lane was present and took part in the im pressive ceremonies that had been prepared for the occasion. He was accompanied by Inspector McLaugh lin who is known far and wide in the Indian Service. The exercises that marked the granting of citizenship were delayed while Secretary Lane investigated several illegal land transactions in which near-by realestate dealers, sensing a good picking had secured deeds for Indian land to be relieved from trust restriction- Twenty-five Indians as a result did not figure in the transaction and the money ad vanced by the greedy purchasers has probably gone from them forever. It appears from the news reports that the Indians disposed of their lands for about two-thirds their actual val ue, not being able to resist the temp tation of ready money for their land. In a way they are the only lucky ones for they have the money and still have their land too. The results of this experiment will be watched closely and with great in terest by all true friends of the In dians. Will they measure up to their responsibilities or will they fail as did these twenty-five when put to the test It is safe to say that there is not an employee in the Federal In \M\m linii mi.-' '.iilliiM.i v I I i 36. 5 dian Service, Dr Montezuma to the contrary notwithstanding, but what hopes most sincerely that they will meet their obligations like men and come out moral victors over the many temptations that will be thrown in their way. Genera! Sciioo! tests. Memorial Day, May 30th. The farm force have their work well in hand. Prospects are that there will be good crops. A large force, under the direct ion of Mr. Hyde is at working remov ing the "Culebra Slides" on the ir rigating ditch. The month of May has been a rainy one We have not the official figures at hand but the second and third weeks and the first part of the fourth week of the month yielded more than their legitimate share of mois ture. Things are booming around the O. B. S. Mr. Turner and his force had completed the foundation for the brick sewing room, the sidewalk to the hospital and back of the south cottage as well as foundations for the printing office machinery in the shop building beside quite extensive repairs to the plaster on the build ings. Walks are to be extended to the Domostlc Science building and the laundry and shop. The sewing room is to be veneered with brick on the outside and newly plastered in side All this calls for considerable labor still.