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Vol. XVI.
i-- -41
Official Organ of the Minnesota
White Earth Agency, Minnesota.
Entered at the Poatofflce at White
Earth, Minn., as mail matter ot the
econd class.
We want poor "Lo" to live in
"bliss," so we keep him in
ance, so says
Down with the "Indian General
Council," THE "TOMAHAWK" and
"Wassaja," so says the Indian
Mr. W. W. Hudson, represent
ing the State Board of Contiol, ac
companied by Jutfge of Probate
J. Reck and John Carl, drove up.
from Mahnomen, Thursday after
noon, the 1st. instant. The pur
pose of Mr. Hudson's visit was to
better inform himself of the num
ber of dependents, members of the
reservations, who had money or
funds to the credit of themselves or
their minor children and which was
held in the custody of the agency
officials. Several of these depen
dent people having funds either to
the credit of themselves or their
minor children and, unable to obhave
tain the same from the Agency
office, have been forced, by penury
and want, to apply to the State
officials for relief. While the State
officials are perfectly willing to
contribute relief to the dependent
people of the reservation they
nevertheless feel, and justly 'so,
that the government officials are
likewise duty bound to take Dart in
relieveing the needs of dependent
members especially of them who
may have trust or minor's fund to
their credit and in the custody of
the Superintendent of the agency.
We learn that Mr. Hudson, pre
vious to his coming to the agency,
wrote to Mr. Hinton concerning
the purpose of his visit and re
quested that he, Mr. Hinton or his
representative, meet him at Mah
nomen to consult or decide on some
proper and satisfactory plan to pur
sue in the future and concerning
eases above noted, but neither the
Superintendent of the agency or
hi* representative put in an appear
ance so Mr. Hudson concluded to
come to the agency but discovered
on his arrival here that the Super
intendent, J. H. Hinton was
absent with the Linnen-Wadsworth
inquiational junket. One case is
related of a woman, member of the
reservation, having three minor
children, who bad money to their
credit and in the custody of the
agency Superintendent, being very
poor and with one of the children
sick and in need of medical care
Justice and Fair Dealing for
every Indian who desires to
beoome a good Citizen.
likewise proper food nourishment.
This woman applied to the agency medicine of
Superintennent for a portion of her
iJke needs of her sick and hungry
Remarks of Joe Morrison
Delegate to the General
I Council, Wednesday July
another the Superintendent of the ations, and which it is doing slowly,
needed aid came to her rescue the problem how best to supply a horde
tick child, a little girl, had sue_
casabed to the ravages of disease
aad banger. It is probable that the
officials of the State Board of Con
trol will take up the subject of de
pendent Indians, adults and minors, jobs. The Indian Office endeavors
and who may have funds in the to keep Congress ignorant of the
custody of the agency Superinten- true conditions on Indian reserva
kfit with the official* of the De tions, but the truth is coming out,
paruneiitat Washington
a -1J l:*.|j* *vil t\mA CIM* nAlUiA^n _- t-. utit,Kir fat
III mom i} noii
Bemidji, Minnesota.
Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of
the Indian Bureau.
General Council of the Chippe
a n( an
giving good medicine and good
jninor children's money to relieve tonic to the Indian bureau service
to cure this slow consumption. If
children but under one pretext or Congress will stop the appropri ^111|fH1.. ,l
then the great Indian problem will agency failed to heed hercall of dis
tress. She then applied to the State
officials for relief but before much What is it? It is notning else but a
be solved.''INDIAN PROBLEM"
of/ politicall parasites witV big, fat
salaries. It is a question of how
long the Indian bureau can con
tinue to pull the wool over the eyes
of Congress and thereby hold their
of Minnesota. I wish
to make a few remarks in regards
to our affairs. What are we here
for? We are here for a purpose
We are here to devise ways and
means to pull off the shackles
which binds the Chippewa Indians
in bondage to a set of people, whom
we are supporting by paying sal
aries, furnishing homes to live in,
furnishing fuel, water, electric
lights, driving teams and in some
cases automobiles. How are wethe
going to unload this great burden
and unnecessary expense? How
are we going to get rid of this set
of people, known as the Indian
bureau service. They are not here
for our benefit, they are not here
to civilize us, they are not here be
cause they love us, and to show us
how to be good christians by exstructing
ample as a matter of fact, a very
small portion of these people ever
go to church. Now then, what are
they here for? They are here for
salaries and other good things I
already mentioned, they are
here for jobs. In other words,
many of their people are practically
incompetent and the Indian service
is the only Ting in which an incom
petent person can hold a job. As
one ex-Congressman said to me one
day, that without exception "the
people that are in the Indian service
are either financially broke or no
good and in most cases both. Be
cause the Indian has property and
money, these people report to
Washington that we would squan
der our property and money and
that we would starve to death if
they were not here to protect us.
Gentlemen If the Indians are setintendents
free, these Indian bureau service
people will be out of a job. They
are the ones that will suffer and not
us: Never again will they get such
fat jobs and pot work. The whole
Indian service is a humbug. The
Indian service has been misleading
Congress and. the majority of the
people by their false reports. But
by the good work done by ourhears
Legislative Committee, Congress
man and Senators are now waking
things up. and the Indian Office
has a tough sledding snow is melt
ing from under their sled and it
does not slip along as easily as it
did before. Through this General
Council, Gentlemen, we have one
hand loose, and in a very short time
we will have both hands free. Gen
tlemen: Indian bureau service is
exactly like slow consumption and
it is as hard to eradicate. TheChip
pewas of Minnesota through the
the General Council
CouncilGent,e of themenof
Truth before Favor.*'
Whenever the Indian bureau
of proposed legislation tend
ing to remove restrictions from
the Indian, giving him the right of
citizenship, etc.. their great cry is
"incompetency" and, "What shall
we do with the old Indians" etc,
this is an old game with the Indian
bureau but it still takes well in
many instances and often beguile
some of our Congressmen as tney
are not familiar with the real con
ditions on reservations. The Indi
an bureau does not by any means
support these old Indians, they are
self-supporting. Some winters they
are issued rations three or four
times during the winter months.
These rations are not enough to
support one person for a period of
one month and are paid for. from
Chippew a triba money, if you
th jg
White Earth, Becker Cunty, Minnesota, Thursday, August 8. 1918.
that the Indian bureau is going to mental principals of unity and co-
investigate itself. What do you operation, which is the only means
think of that? Investigate itself, of attaining success and securing
ourselves justice from the Indi-
the Indian bureau have a man byfor
the name of Mr. Linnen as head of an bureau. Do not believe what
this investigation. What do you
know about chat? Knowing, Mr.
Linnen and knowing the part he different from what we "say, they
10 IQI8 In thP flitlf HAH played in a former investigation are only trying to mislead you and
Chippewas of Min
nesota, I would
helping the old Indians, I give
it up. I can only call it helping
*9 m- II, u|*. VUlj VUII i u^saa/aiiac,
thc Chippewas to get rid of their
money in the quickes possibl wa mone#v U|l. qUic*eai.tpuMvne**y
bav i money to their credit
a I TT 1
in the Treasury of the United
The Chippewas of Minnesota are
taking the lead of other tribes in
the United States today and all eyes
are looking towards us. When the
other tribes take the same steps aa
we have don organize a General
and coming out strong, so strong ^CouncM, establishing the funda
prolong their jobs. I again ask
you fellow Indians of the .Chippe
wa blood to pull and work with this
man Kaiser for a fair and jus Council and do not believe every
treatment in this war then to ex
pect "fair play and just treatment any of the people who countenance
at the hands of Mr. Linnen.7'
This is my honest opinion. The
final outcome of this investigation
will probably result in the usual
"white wash" and a recommenda
tion that the demoralized ware
house system and the costly board
ing school be continued, etc., On
previous occasions the Indian office
sent an Inspector and an Indian
agent attend this council. Did you
ever stop to think why this is done?
Inspectors presumably
never read their instructions to us,
but my opinion is this, that they
are not sent here to promote gen
eral welfare of our council, but
rather for the purpose of fault find
ing, picking flaws and critizing the
actions of this council, whereby
they may have some means of ob
and breaking down the
progressive efforts of the Chippe
was of Minnesota, through their
General Council. Once upon a
time I had great faith in the inare
spectors and had an idea that they
were for the betterment of the In
dian service. They were good long,
long ago. Through the recommen
dations of the Inspectors of-old the
service was rid of dishonest and in
competent employees but the in
spectors of to day, sf ems to work
only for the protection and special
interest of the Indian. bureau,
"white wash" the true findings of
their investigation and to the eud
that dishonest and incompetent
employees are premittedto remain
in the service with usually a raise
in salary. The Indian agents of old
worked for betterment, uplift and
progress of the Indian but. Super
of to day works for per
sonal gain and reputation great
ly to the detriment of the Indian
The government farmers of olden
times blistered their hands in actual
labor while the government farm
ers of to-day are blistering their
neck wearing white collars.
letter you get from Jim Coffey or
his treacherous practices. The In
dian is represented in State fairs by
Indian bureau representatives with
only their handicraft for exihibit,
and with nothing to show the adfilth
vancement of the Indian along the
lines of modern civilization and
throug this misrepresentation of thc
India.), he is advertised as an in
competent, a failure, still governed
by its aticient customs, character
istics and savagesness to .such an
eztont that the public at large is
prejudiced against the Indian. For
that reason we should protest vig
orously against this farce of exhib
iting Indian handicraft only and
not allow ourselves to be overcome
by the smooth, silver tongued
agents who are everfrying to in
duce us to do things which are not
for our benefit, but rather for their
own personal and selfish motives.
Last but not least is our schools,
they conducted as they should
be, I say no: This is one of the
most essential things that we should
i\ *v
is what we want, and should
As it is our children are in
school-room only two hours and a
half a day, that is called one half
day. It is one-half days pay for the
school teacher but only two andCigars
one half hours schooling for our
children. Working five hours a
day the teachers complain that they
are over-worked and under paid
What do you think of this,? and
you Chippewa Indians pay the bill,
it is no small bill either. Thesys
tem is wrong it is not only wrong
but it is rotten.
The Indian boarding school is
only a sort of poor house system,
and a mighty poor, poor house
system at that a hot bed of vice
and disease a refuge where
che children of incompetent Indi
ans and indolent mixed blood mem
bers who are too lazy to work and
support their children and chil
dren of parents who get support
from the government warehouse,
are clothed and fed at tribal ex
pense who are given instructions
in the school rooms from two and
one-half to three hours per hours
per day and at a cost to the trioc
of about five times as much as it
costs Indian pupils to attend the
public schools,
Joe Morrison.
State Fish Nets Destroyed
We are in receipt of a letter,
written by W. R. Spears of Rod
Lake, Minn., from which the fol
lowing excerpts are taken:
"Last night, Tuesday, July 30,
1918, the State nets were cut up
(Continued on 8th. Page.)
When you want
the best
In Groceries, Dry Goods, Winter
Clothing, Footwear, etc., call on
We're right here every day in the year (except Sunday) to supply you
with any and everything you may need in
TheB.L. Fairbanks
White Earth, Hinnesota.
Published in behalf of, and
to secure the welfare of the
Indians of the United States.
Finest line ot
I Subscriptions.
Wage's Stationery Store.
Mo. 16.
& Tobacco,
Soft Drinks,
1 carry a full line of
Cigars, Cigarretts and
Tobacco. A good place
to spend the evening.
Come in and get acquainted.
6E0. J. JOHNSON, Prop.
White Earth, Minn.
White Earth, Minn.
Now is the time
to pay that

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