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num and provided further that no advertising matter can be run. :0: Mr. Sells term of office as Commissioner of Indian Af fairs, forward steps have been taken in the solution of the Indian problem looking to its elimination as a part of the work of ourgovernment. The most far reaching of these was the Declara tion of Policy issued April 17, 1917, as later amended, by which Indians of half or less blood were declared competent and relieved from Federal supervision. This reduces the Indian problem to one that concerns only those who are full bloods or nearly so and even these have the right to be declared competent if by showing a record of accomplishments rather than by long winded arguments they can convince regularly established Competency Commissions that they are capable. Now, under date of July 26, 1919, comes the logical extension of this policy by definitely excluding from Indian schools all children who are not subject to Federal supervi sion or who are well able to pay their way in school. These amended regulations require that all vocational pupils must sign up for four years and must not be granted leave to visit home more than once during this period. This is exactly right. Children of Indians who have been absolved from Government supervision have no more right to the benefits of the Indian schools than have the chil dren of white parents. These amended regulations and the circular promulgating them are published elsewhere in this issue. One paragraph of this circular is especially interesting to all reservation schools. That paragraph definitely states that no pupil shall be hereafter accepted for enroll ment in a non-reservation school until he has completed the highest grade in the reservation school unless the reservation school is over crowded in which event the pupil shall be sent to the nearest non reservation school. One of the greatest curses of the Indian School work was the transient pupil, the one who was here one year and at some other school the next year and in a third school the year following. This practice was also wisely stopped by Commissioner Sells when he ordered that a pupil once enrolled in a non-reservation school could attend no other until he had finished the course in 20.