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dance all night One Indian writes this office as follows:
"The Indians they had a dance hall and they dance twice a month bat they dont dance in the dance hall and there is a dance in our house where they living three times a week. Now yon know what I am saying this for. We had no doctor in this district they no fresh air in the honse and too mach smoking and they spitting all over in the honse and it is lots of child in the honse and they dance in there and every one get disease. So yon mast attention to this." This is a pretty bad showing and does not speak well for the management or police regulations of the district Those promiscuous dances must be stopped at once. Yon are requested to give this mat ter your personal attention and issue positive orders to your police to suppress and prevent these dances. The question of raising funds for various projects should and am be easily handled at their monthly dances that are held in the regular dance halls. Please report as to dances being held in private houses in your district and action taken by yon 10 suppress them. Respectfully. (signed) JOHN R. BRENNAK. 5 aperin /en dent DISTRICT FARMERS You are herby instructed to notify the Indians of your district that the Indian office is opposed to Indians joining Wild West shows for exhibition purposes. Also notify them that any of them who may hereafter engage their services to show people will do so at their own risk and responsibility, and that this office will refuse to sign contracts or secure bonds to insure payment of salaries for them un less ordered to do so by the Indian Office. Respectfully. (signed) JOHN R. BRENNAN Snpcrintenden PINE RIDGE. S. D., MARCH. 8,19 17. t. 12.