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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, August 01, 1904, Image 7

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 248
education of their children in misssion schools, if they so
desire;
Congress has passed an act requiring rations to be restored
to children attending mission schools;
The Catholic Indian Mission schools have been kept con
stantly before the Catholic public, the annual collection has
been to some extent augmented, the Society for the Preser
vation of the Faith Among Indian Children, having for its
object the collecting of funds for the schools, has been inau
gurated and succesfully propagated.
Some time will be required before full results from the pre
sent favorable attitude of Congress and the Department can
be realized, and the problem of providing from the generosity
of the faithful the required funds is by no meaus satisfactorily
solved. Still, as many and great difficulties have been sur
mounted, there is no reason to despair of finally obtaining
complete success in so rightousa cause.
The Most Rev. Archbishop Ryan and the Hon. Charles J.
Bonaparte, members of the Board of Indian Commissioners,
have not only accomplished much in bringing about the re
storation of th- rations, but also in many other ways by able
and zealous endeavor they have benefited the Catholic Indian
cause. Within the last decade, the attitude of ninny Protes
tant leaders toward the Catholic Church has undergone a
marked change. They seem disposed to be more tolerant to
ward Catholic Indian mission work, and to recognize that Ca
tholics, inasmuch as one-third of the Indians profess the Ca
tholic faith, should have a voice in all matters affecting the
interests of the nation's Indian wards. This fact, in connec
tion with their official prestige and eminent abilities, has made
it possible for the Most Rev. Archbishop of Philadelphia and
Mr. Bonaparte to wield a salutary influence not only on the
Board of Indian Commissioners, but also on the Mohonk
Conference and the Indian Rights Association. While some
few have but poorly concealed their anti-Catholic sentiments,
a more tolerant spirit is clearly noticeable. Father Ganss has

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