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Education And Work, Keynotes
to Success. By J. W. MUMBLEHEAD. the 28th day of September, 1915, at the con ference of the Society of American Indians, the American Indian Day was proclaimed and the date set aside as a national holiday in honor of the first owners of the land. The idea of the proposed holiday originated with Arthur C. Parker, then Secretary of the Society of American Indians. At Lawrence, Kansas, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, who at that time was president of the society, issued his official declaration by order of the Executive Council. A portion of the proclamation reads: "In the judgement of wise and impartial men, of onr fathers a gainst the forces that they had no means of measuring—yet which they fought against for home—and native freedom, the heroic struggle has no parallel in all history. Now that the glory and the shadows of the past have become a part of the historic record we are not to forget the present and the future of our people, that we may hence forth live in greater fullness. Let us now move forward and acquire all those things that make races and nations more efficient and more noble let us reach out for a larger life, through brotherly love, pur poseful action and constructive service to our country, not only for our own welfare but that the American people and all humanity may be uplifted because we perform and strive to perform our full duty as men. Let these things, and the means by which they may be accom plished, be considered upon American Indian Day." So the proposition of an American Indian Day, on the second Saturday in May, was set aside decreeing a special day into a holi day. However, this special day was not set aside for the lazy Indian. The idea of the proposed holiday was set aside, not to close up shops and stop the farm operations, but to commemorate the glory of our fathers, their acheivements, and the consideration of their future. You are the Americans, you are those future Americans who are going to hold the fabric of this great Republic upon your shoulders, 11.