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The Indian Advocatc.
199 - ! &$? jj Neglected Catholic Indian 4"4ii Tribes Throughout Arizona. ljtijr - hhhw MONG the many Indian tribes who have come A under the benign influence of the Gospel, the iiauics ui willow, uuwcvci, uu uui cippccii 111 111c annual report of the "Indian and Negro Mis sions," are the Pima Indians, of Maricopa coun ty, Territory of Arizona. Yet there are hundreds of them who consider themselves Catholics, igno rant though they are of the Faith. At the request of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Bour gade, now most Rev. Archbishop of Santa Fe, the Franciscan Fathers of Sacred Heart Province, of St. Louis, Mo., have taken charge of all Catholics living in Ma ricopa county, since January, 1896, and have also given the Indians of the county as much attention as possible. Through entreaties of the Fathers residing at Phoenix, the Very Rev. Father Provincial was prevailed upon in January, 1901, to send a Father exclusively for the work among the Indians. Within Maricopa county there are three reservations, namely: Gila River Reservation, sixteen miles southwest of Phoenix; Salt River Reservation, fourteen miles east of Phoenix; Gila Bend Reservation, sixty-four miles from Phoe nix, near S. P. R. R. There is no doubt that in all these reservations there is sufficient material for building up flourishing parishes in the course of time. Although means were very limited, still, thanks to private charity, something had already been accom plished, as the following facts will show: At St. John's Mission, Gila River Reservation, the In dians, assisted by the Fathers residing at Phoenix, built for themselves, in 1897, a small adobe church. Ever since they