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servations and superintendents of non-reservation schools. Reser
vation superintendents should not approve applications of pupils unless they have definite information regarding them and have satis fied themselves that without Government assistance the pupil would be deprived of school privileges. It is not a sufficient justification that a child would be better off in a Government school or that it would be desirable for such child to have vocational training, but the question should be "Does such Indian boy or girl have the same school privileges in the community in which he or she lives that other children enjoy?" If they do there can be no real justification for the enrollment of such boy or girl in a Government school, ex cept possibly in rare instances where other factors enter which might justify waiving the rules. Furthermore, where the Indian children are entitled under State law to attend its public schools, it should be first ascertained whether there are good and sufficient rea sons for their not so attending before they are received in a Govern ment school. In all such cases the applications should be first forwarded to my office, accompanied by a full statement of the facts, and the ap plicant should not be admitted to the school until the approved ap plication has been returned to you. It may be necessary to make exception for full bloods or in case some special classes of Indians who are technically non-wards and citizens, but who are, neverthe less, practically under governmental supervision, as for instance, the Eastern Cherokees of North Carolina, or the Choctaws of Mississippi. The children of Indians who have received their patents in fee to their allotments are to be excluded from enrollment in a Govern ment school supported from gratuity appropriations unless in a giv en case the Indian child should be a Federal ward, irrespective of the parents. You are directed to accept hereafter no Indian pupil of the classes indicated, and to take steps to eliminate such pupils from your present enrollment at the end of the school year or at the end of the definite term of enrollment of each pupil. If doubt exists as to the status of any pupil or any applicant, such case accom panied by all attendant facts and information must be presented to me for a decision. Responsibility for elimination from the schools 7.