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Vol. XVI.
I
Justice and Fair Dealing for
every Indian who desires to
become a good Citizen.
THE TOMAHAWK.
Official Organ of the Minnesota
Chippewas.
BUSH/BEAULIEU, Founder.
Edited bf THE TOMAHAWK PUB. CO,
White Earth Agency, Minnesota.
Eniered at the Poatofflce at White
Earth, Minn., as mail matter ot the
lecond class.
SUISCHIPTIOI: S1.MPEB I I ADfAKCt
Beaulieu, a small inland town,
Mahnomen county, has torts (40)
great-big-bright Service Stars on
its war shield. Every one of them
represents a 99 per cent Loyal Chi
ppewa Indian youth too! ^ho said
"incompetent?"
Among the galaxy of great big
bright Service Stars which shines
and glimmers on White Earth's
proud war escutheon may be men
tioned, DeLaocy Davis, James
Warren, Marcellus Morrison, Ken
neth Morrison, George Peake,
Vernon Davis who are commission
ed officers in the military service
and Arthur Fosteris also an officer
in the Aviation service and all ofquestionable
these 99 per cent loyal Americans,
not the imported stock, but the
genuine simon pure native Ameri
can, are now actively engaged,
fighting on the French front. And
we are well pleased to note that
none of these doughty native war
riors have been educated in thedisreputable
costly Indian boarding schools
either.
p*-
Our attention was recently called
to a ainistrous article, published in
the Chicago Blade, reputed to beans,
.of pronounced "yellow journal"
type, and which article is mainly
directed and antagonistic to thewere
progressive members of the reser
vation and tending to disparage
the merits and purposes of the
General Council, Minnesota Chip
pewas. While we loathe to give
sparse attention such egregious
"white wash slops" we are con
strained to say that such lame table
perversion of the true state of ex
isting affairs on the allotted terri
tory of White Earth savors of the
rankest misrepresentation and
iswomen
evidently the shallow mental vapor
ing of some misguided admirer or
over zealous servile henchman of
the agency or Indian bureau ser
vice.
The public school census, recent
ly completed, for public school dis
iriet No. 112, including the village
of White Earth, enumerate one
hundred and forty-seven (147) boys
and girls. And all these children,
excepting probably six are mem
bers of the reservation and who,
in addition to the twelre hundred
r more of the Indian pupils who
attend the public schools of Beck
er, Mahnomeo and Clearwater
counties, are excluded from par
ticipation in the big tribal funds
which is annually appropriated by
direction of the faditn bureau for
the maintenance of the costly edu
cational almshouse, better known
as the agency boarding school, but
who are compelled, onder present
rules and regulations, to pay their
per capita share for maintenance
and support and from which vast
Appropriation tbey derive absolute
ly no benefits.
"Bicde of a feather flack to
getker," was proverbially illustra
ted here daring toe the Linnen
Wadsworth inquisitional j#nket.
The most decidedly manifest feat
are of the principal actors in this
ridiculous parady on
%*fair play and
justice/' was their apparent exciu-
A few years ago and at the time
the Burch regime was at the height
of its activities in the matter of
Indian allotment
transfer and the precincts of two
States was being scoured for evi
dence to establish the proper blood
status and residental rights of a
large number of the leading pro
gressive members of the reserva
tion, it was common talk that the
Tom Harper and
others of his ilk attached to the
Burch gang, were especially active
among Indian back-woods settle
ments, holding cabalistic brush
councils and informing many Indi
who had previously disposed
of their allotments, (representing
under SOLEMN OATHg that they
"mixed-blood members of
the reservation and had a perfectly
valid right to sell and dispose of
their said allotments,) that if he or
she would SWEAR ANOTHER
SWEAR that they were "full
blood Indian" their previous allot
ment transfer would be cancelled
and they, the Indian member who
had previously sold, would get
ifck his.or her allotment." Under
these pernicious representations a
thousand or more Indian men andan
were persuaded to commit
a willful violation of their former
oaths, perjured their body and soul,
and this without the liability of
censure or the serious consequences
which attaches to the crime of per
jury at law. It is to be wondered
at that the average full-blood and
so called incompetent Indian men
and women of to day, especially
the warehouse elementshould mani
fest so little consideration or remixed-bloods
spect for the solemn sacredness of
of an oath! and, who is to blame!
Assinine AssumptionI
A gentlemen who was present at
a session of the Linnen-Wadsworth
inquistional junket which took
place at Twin Lakes on July 30tb,
1918, submits the following version
pf hi* observations:
'The Jpdian bureau investigation
took place at Twin Lakes on
July 30th. 1918, with Inspector
Linnen presiding. Wadsworth Rav
ing been recalled- Most of the time
was employed by the small caba
listic aggregation in spasmodic
spurts of acrimonious agitation
and denouncement of their pro
gressive mixed-blood kindred and
the utility and purpose of the Gen
eral Council, MinnesotaChi ppewas
and the officials thereof. These
unreserved expressions of acrimo-
OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE
'Truth before
siveness and unconcealed estrange- ed blood kindred were received by
ment from the intelligent and pro- the would be investigators with
gressive classes of the reservation
generally. On the other hand,
when not otherwise ensconed with
in the luxurious domiciliary pre
cinct of one or the other of thehouse
agency employees, they were either
surrounded or holding close com
munion with members of the caba
listic warehouse and incompetent
element. And when some of the
more intelligent and progressive
members did venture to approach
the "representative dignity" of
Indian bureau justice they were
generally subject to a chilly and
indifferent mete coupled with the
insolent annoyance of some mem
ber of the incompetent warehouse
orotegee. And the Indian bureau
would have the people of theasked
White Earth reservation believe
that this is what they (the Indian
bureau officials) conceive to be a
"through, fair and impartial in
vestigation!" Faugh! such piti
able example of paltry degenerate
conception are deserving of com
miseration rather than envy.
THE TOMAHAWK
much apparent satisfaction and
pleasure. The assembly, besides
the Government officials. Was com
posed of about 18 or 20 of the ware
element, a portion of which
had also taken part in the meetings
at White Earth and Be&ulieu.
When it was time to vote on tn*e
question and maintenance of theting
Indian boarding school and ware
house, the Interpreter, after atat
ing the question would say that it
was "time to hold up hands" and
all Would hold up bands and 'tis
said some of them held up both
hands. When the question of
maintaining the White Earth agen
cy, came up the same thing hap
pened, but this time the Inspector
if there was any one present
who wished to vote against the
maintenance of the agency, John
YV. Carl, who had not heretofore
taken any part in the investigation
arose and said be wanted to vote
against it and would make a state
ment giving his rersons why he done
so, thereupon the Inspector told
Carl, that he would, have to be
sworn if he wanted to make any
statements, Mr. Carl, being sworn
proceeded as follows:
"My friends, I want to vote
against the maintenance of the
agency for the following reason:
while 1 was in Washington lasted
winter, I heard the Commissioner
of the Indian affairs make the state
ment before the United States Sen
ate Committee on affairs, that 90
percent O the Indians on theGeorge
White Earth reservation were com*
petent and do not need any further
supervision of the Indian bureau.
This being the case that left only
10 per cent Indians to be super
vised by the Indian bureau and
this being true, 90 per cent of the
expenses should be eliminated and
also eliminate 90 per cent of the
employees. If the agency would
be maintained thusly, I would vote
in favor of it, but to maintain it
as heretofore, I would vote against
it most emphatically."
-The Inspector asked Mr. Carl,
where, when and by whom the
statement was made, the reply was
that Mr- Merritt, the Assistant
Commissioner, appearing in the
capacity of Commissioner of Indi
affairs, made the statement be
fore the United States Senate com
mittee on Indian affairs at Wash
ington last winter, Mr. Carl told
the Inspector that he would gladly
furnish the record if requested.
The Inspector somewhat per
turbed pver Mr. Carl's disclosure,
unbosomed himself of the follow
ing egotistic assumption: "pro
bably 90 per cent of the Indians on
the White Earth reservation are
and have been given
their lands, but many of them sold
their al'-otments and have no land
left and this shows that they are
not competent"! Shades of depart
ed Chief Justice Marshall defend
us! Admitting that the crude con
structive legal definition of the
special representative of the Hon.
Secretary of the Interior is true,
then on the same basis it could be
assnmed that "if a person owns no
land or other visable competency
he is likewise incompenent. And
that being the case how many of
the 7,000 employees of the Indian
oureau are, in a verbal sense, com
petent?
Higher Education
In 1013 Congress, through the
earnest co operation of ex-Senator
Moses E. Clapp, and Hon. Halvor
Steenerson, 9th Dist., Minn., voted
nious beliger.acy by the few ware-'froanChippewa fibal funds, for
bou*ers pretest against their mix the purpose of Higher Education
appropriation, reimbursiable
White Earth, Becker Cunty, Minnesota, Thursday, August IS. 1918.
NNESOTA CHIPPEWAS.
Favor."
for Indian youths, members of the.of
White Earth reservation. The
measure met with the disfavor
of the Indian bureau from the start
and which disfavor developed into
most atreneous objection concern
ing the particular school which the
eligible student should attend. The
White Earth Board of Indian Edu
cation favored the plan of permit
students to remain in
thehigher*education
schools which they hacl previously
attended and pursueing their stud
ies as usual and without interrup
tion while the Indian bureau were
inclined to favor the Keewatin,
Wisconsin, experimental education
al plan. The disposition of
theof
funds was, as a matter of conse
quence, dead locked. The presi
dent wasfinallyappealed to by the
tribal school board and on Dec.
13vided
1913,. a few days after the appeal
was made, the agency office was
directed to inform the members of
the Board or Indian Education that
the $4,000 appropriated for 'higher
education," was available and
would be paid to such students as
the said board had deciced to elect.
The Board of Indian Education
had previously recommended the
following students who had passed
the required examination: DeLancy
and Vernon Davis, James B. War
ren, Robert Leith, William Mc
Arthur and Clifford Price, assign
at Pillsbury Academy, Owaton
na, Minn., Francis D. Beaulieu,
law student, Minnesota College of
Law, and Arthur Foster, Chicago
University, Medical Department,
Peake, Minneapolis College
of Law, (9 in number). It is plea
sing to note that all of these young
men made good, decidely so.
At the present time there are six
these young men
officers in the military and one iu
aviation branch of the government
war service and all are fighting on
the French front. Francis D. Beau
lieau is a prosperous attorney and
Robert Leith is occupied as freight
agent on the N. P. R.
Facts and figures don't lie and
this demonstrates conclusively that
will do for the
progressive, wide a wake modern
Indian when given an equal oppor-.
tunity in the public schools and!
higher institutions of learning and
THE TOMAHAWK, CHALLENGES'
COMPARSION with the product
any of the several costly Indian
boarding schools which are now
being conducted under the super
vision of the Indian bureau pro
with a faculty selected and
protected undei civil service rules
and regulations.
Nearly $6,000,000 of Chippewa
tribal funds have been appropriated
squandered away, under the re
strictcd paternal policy of the Indi
an bureau within the past twenty
six years for so-called "relief and
civilization of the Minnesota Chip
pewas". A large portion of this
vast sum has been expended for the
maintenance of unqualified govern
ment Indian boarding schools and
which but megre results, material
and practical, to show for it to day.
And notwithstanding this costly
alms-house school service, which is
nothing more nor less than breed
ing-pens of demoralization, a clear
ing house for future paupers and
dependents of the State bounty,
the Indian bureau continues insist
ent that this nefarious practice be
permitted to continue.
When you want
the best
White Earth,
In Groceries, Dry Goods, Winter
Clothing, Footwear, etc., call on
us.
We're right here every day in the year (except Sunday) to supply you
with any and everything you may need in
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Indians of the United States.
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