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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, May 01, 1903, Image 12

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
lie schools. But there was a man in the United States Sen
ate unwilling to grant the unanimous consent necessary to
its passage. That was none other than Henry Cabot Lodge,
junior Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Lodge made a
point of order against the amendment, thereby compelling
the President of the Senate to declare it out of order. Why
Mr. Lodge should have done this seems a mystery. But one
explanation may be that his aim was to prevent justice being
done to the Catholic Indians. The Massachusetts Senator
has given no good reason for discriminating against the Cath
olic Indians. But Senator Vest, of Missouri, in a debate upon
the Indian Appropriation bill, furnished many strong argu
ments in favor of the amendment that Senator Lodge killed.
Senator Vest said:
"I shall be obliged to any lawyer or Senator to tell me
how the order of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs agrees
w.ith the Constitution of the United States, which says there
shall be no discrimination on account of religious opinion or
membership in any religious sect. I affirm that the status of
the question now is that unless an Indian father and mother
send their children to a Government school, no matter what
they think in regard to the educatfon of those children, not
only the father and mother, but the children, are refused ra
tions, so that the whole family may starve unless they change
their religious opinion and come within that order. The
power to discriminate against any religious sect is the power
to destroy it. I lay down that proposition, and I defy anyone
to contradict it. The Constitution of the United States
means, and every commentator has said so, the Supreme
Court has said so, that there shall be no discrimination on ac
count of religious opinion, and here we have this outrageous
and infamous order, which says that poor, innocent children
shall be refused the rations to which they are entitled under
treaty unless they are sent to the Government schools. Now,
if an Indian is a Catholic and his wife is a Catholic, as many
of them are, and wants to send his children at his own ex-

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