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The Oglala light. [volume] ([Pine Ridge, S.D.]) 190?-19??, October 01, 1917, Image 26

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TCERNING
iidian Woman Awarded Prize For
Her Garden.
Washington. D. C., Oct 20—Mrs.
Harriet Bone Necklace, of the Wak
pamni district, of the Pine Ridge In
dian agency, in South Dakota, was to
day awarded a prize of $5 and a na
tional certificate of merit by the na
tional emergency food garden com
mission for the best canned vegeta
bles grown in a war garden. This
contest for which the commission
appropriated $5,000, is being carried
on in all Indian schools as well as at
hundreds of state and country fairs
and scores of war garden exhibits.
—Sioux City Tribune.
A New Land is Coming in.
Washington, D. C., Oct. 24.—Cato
Sells, Commissioner of Indian Affairs,
returned to Washington today from a
two months' tour of the deserts in Ari
zona and southern California. Dur
ing his trip Commissioner Sells tra
veled hundreds of mile: in outomo
biles and many miles on horseback,
frequently climbing mountains on
foot and wading rivers Some of the
time the thermometer registered 120
degrees in the shade and no shade.
He inspected the water sheds of the
Gila river in Arizona and New Mex
ico for the purpose of locating possible
reservoir and dam sites, and traver
sed the entire Salt River valley. He
closely tracked the Colorado river
from Needles. Ariz., to Yuma, Cal.,
News Items of General Interest
HIS DEPARTMENT IS OPEN FOR CONTRIBUTIONS CON
THE INDIAN AND HIS PROGRESS EVERYWHERE
26.
inspected the Parker and Yvma reser
vation irrigation possilities and stud
ied conditions in the Imperial valley,
his definite purpose being to tho
roughly familiarize himself with the
water conditions and production
possibilities of the desert countries of
the continent. Amony other things
accomplished during his trip, the
commissioner effected preliminary
arrangements for power to be used
in pumping and for clearing, leveling
and putting into cultivation 50,000
acres in one tract of desert lands on
the Pima reservation, southwest of
Phoenix.
Commissioner Sells says that with
water these desert lands are capable
of almost unbelievable production
that Egyptian long staple cotton is fast
becoming a chief crop, making ap
proximately one bale to the acre, now
selling for 70 cents a pound that al
falfa grows in great quantities, being
cut seven or eight times each season,
and that milo maize produces abun
dantly that there are more cattle and
hogs fed in the Sait River valley,
Yuma and Imperial valleys than in
any other equal territory in the world.
The commissioner visited one ranch
in the Yuma valley where 7,000 hogs
were being fed. It is his purpose
within the next 18 months to develop
not only the 50,000 acres on the Pima
reservation, but in like manner thous
ands of acres o.. the Parker and
Yuma reservations. With the first
hand information Commissioner Sells
obtained on this trip he is able to
rapidly and effectively transform
much of the great deserts of the
southwest into the production o
food for the world's immediate neces
sities.

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