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Vol. XVI.
Justice and Fair Dealing for
every Indian who desires to
become a good Citizen.
Official Organ of the Minnesota
BUS M. BEAUUEU, Foirier.
EiltUly THE TOMAHAWK PUB. CO,sanitation
White Earth Aqeacy, Minnesota.
Entered at the Poatofflce at White
Earth, Minn., as mail matter ot the
Second class.
1BISMIPTI01:11.50 PER TEAR IR Allaltt
6,000 SIX THOUSAND 6,000
Native Americans, Indians if you
please, in the Military Service of
the United States, and this does
not include a large number in the
Navy. August 1st, 1918.
The Indian Bureau is an inde
pendent factor in this country and
knows no politics but has for per
haps more than a half a century
wore the collar of the remorseless
members of the big Indian ware
house syndicate, which forms the
distributing centers for furnishing
the annual supplies and rations to
the several Indian agencies
throughout the country. The
machinations of this gang-ruled
autocracy if chronicled into astro*
would appropriately fit its preface
under the black flag. The Indians
have demonstrate! a true and loyal
spir|t that calls aloud for emanci
pition from the alien and incompe
tent rolls on which the Indian
Bureau has their names.Mahno
men Free Press.
GET READY for the Fourth
Liberty Loan. JUNKERISM.
The Indian bureau, ffom all out
ward appearances, seems to have
copied after the mendacious meth
ods of the German propagandist in
its frantic efforts to prolong its
blighting influence and dominance
over the Minnesota Chippewa In
dian affairs, especially the financial
interests thereof. At the present
time the White Earth agency seems
to have been the specially chosen
field in which to spread its noluted
junkerism with "honest" tfohn H.
Hinton as the "special prophet
among the snointed
Within the last six weeks there
has been dispatched here three in
spectors, members of the Indian
bureau staff, detailed to inspect
itself, and who seem to have de
voted the major portion of their
time, when not otherwise comfort
ably ensconced within the palatial
quarters of the superintendent or
iome of the more favored employ
ees, in endeavoring to impress a
corporal's guard of agency snd
warehouse dependants of the im
portance of their offices and of the
exceeding benefit they, the ware
houses, would derive by voting
Mr a continuance of the warehouse
and Indian hoarding school and
not forgetting tbesgency, likewise
"booest" John H. Hintm and
further emphasising their sinis
trous junkerism by contemptible al
lusions against the mixed-blood and
progressive element and progres
sive classes generally. In addition
to the above official quartet a
"traveling auditor** has also
loomed op on the scene. On the
beels of which has followed a worn
I bearing the title of "Sanitary
the great benefits the Indians de
rived from the Indian bureau and
that such "a wonderful institution
should be matained indefinitely,"
presumably until the Chippewa
tribal fund should become exhaust
ed. She also took occasion to pay
her compliments to the "Indian
members of Congress," undoubt
edly referring to Senators Curtis
Owens snd Congressmen Carter*
Chandler and Hastings, whom she
stated were "not friendly to the
Indian bureau." And aside from
the warehouse Indians and those
who are employed in the Indian
service, we doubt whether there
are any other Indians, similarly
situated as the Chippewas, who
have sny psrticular use for -such
medival institutions. And, wonder
ful to relate, she could not under
stand why the self-supporting,
tax-paying citizen Indians, would
not sacrifice whst interest they had
in tribal property, including tribal
funds, for the sake of helping the
few less fortunate of their kin
dreds. Presumably the lady did not
understand that the continuance of
such a policy also meant the keep
ing in existence of a hungry horde
of employees, political parasites
for the most part, at the expense
of the Indians. She also related a
journey to some tribe of Indians
in the wilds of Arizona, whom she
said bad" never seen a "while
person" until she went among
them how much these Indians
needed government help to bring
"civilization" to them and what a
"terrible calamity" woulcl^ befall
these Indians if the Indian bureau
should be abolished. No doubt
Mrs. Rhodes is sincere to a certain
extent, but she, like many others
of her class, can only see the In
dian through the size of their pay
checks, her ignorance of true con
ditions among the Indians is de
serving of consideration rather
than envy.
The fact that the particular In
dians she refers to "never saw a
white person" is no sign that they
cannot get along, perhaps a great
deal better, than many Indians
who have known the white man
and greatly to their grief and
sorrow. And may the- good Lord
help them if they too are to be
come the vassals of the Indian
bureau, especially if the' future
should develop such a thing as a
tribal fund in their favor.
In answer to Mrs Rhodes' query
as to "why the self-supporting,
tax-paying citizen Indians are not
willing to sacrifice what interest
they yet possess, including tribal
funds, for the sake of helping the
few less fortunate of their kin
dtt ds," etc., cpn be told ins nut
shell. If the great big appropria
tions, annually taken from the
tribal fund, was really and directly
expended for "education and sup
port" of the really needy Indians,
of which there are very few, there
is no doubt but a-more liberal con
ception of the situation would be
considered by the progressive ele
ment. But when it is considered
that fully 70 per cent of the vast
soms annually appropriated are
absorbed in paying the salary of a
horde of employees, mostly politi
cs! protege and for the most part
unqualified and incompetent for
the position assigned them whose
mediocre services are absolutely of
no avail progressively speaking,
who for the most part consume a
large portion of their time in cre
ating dissension between the mixed
r*&a&&~ *V *&-
Inspector." So far as we can learn and full blood element and in other
the greatest efforts of the latter
was manifested in giving addresses sive members, denying them their
to small audience-*, composed main*
ly of school and sgency employees,
and consisted not on the subject of does protest and ooject and justly
however but in the main so, and no person, of whatever
of laudatory allusions concerning race or creed, with an atom of
Truth before Favor."
ways antagonistic to the progres-
just and wonted rights, then the
intelligent and progressive Indian
manhood in his makeup, would
have about 6,200 Indians, they
practically all have received pat
ents, and 90 per cent of the adult
Indians are no longer under the
jurisdiction of the Federal Gov
ernment." And all of these 90 per
cent people of the White Earth
reservation demand, have demand
ed for the past several years, that
the tribal funds be segregated and
apportioned per capita to every
person entitled snd notwithstand
ing the jierverted sssertions of
"honest" John H. Hinton to the
Quota for the Fourth
Liberty Loan is $630,000.00.
Everybody be prepared to do his
utmost to put it across.
The systems'ic an'l iron-clad
censorship which envelopes and
shrouds in mystery the operative
functionr of the Indian bureau
and which imposes its immutable
decree of secrecy snd silence on
the least of its 7,000 employees
has been so well guarded that
Congress itself hss experienced
much difficulty in eliciting needed
information concerning the man
agement of certain Indian agency
affairs. Especially hss this been
the case with matters concerning
the prodigal disbursement of Chip
pewa trust and tribal funds. With
in the past twenty five years or
more several requests have been
made by the Chippewas themselves,
through members of Congress, for
sn accounting of the manner in
which the vast sums apnroprate
from their tribal funds was being
spent and otherwise employed bat,
under one pretext or another, the
Indian bureau hss evaded the re
quest. And right here at this
agency instances are not lacking
where persons, members of. the
reservation, seeking information
concerning matters of much im
port not only* to the individual
welfare but to the tribe in general,
have been tendered scant courtesy
White Earth, Becker Canty. Minnesota, Thursday, September. 26, IB 18.
and have been rudely turned down
and when such' persons have in
sisted op their just and lawful
rights it has not been unusual for
such peraOns to have been tendered
short shift followed with the hec
toring threat, "get out" or "we'll
have you put out."
Not long sgo a TOMAHAWK
tolerate such a contemptible prop- snouting party, taking a casus
osition much less meekly submit stroll in "No Man's Land," un-
to it, and don't you forget it.
And to cap the climax of this
series of brazen subterfuge the
hectoring henchman of the Indian
bureau, "honest" J. H. Hinton,
who hss been fostered on the
bounty of the White Earth Chip
pewas for these many years, took
occasion on August 19th, 1918, to
publish and distribute carbon
copies of a solid four page type
written letter, addressed to some
of the prominent business men snd
county officials, citing among other
egregious presumptions, the terri
ble consequences which Would
follow the "segregation and appor- Hinton, superintendent.
tionment of the tribal funds," as
also the "abolishment of the board
ing-school, agency and warehouse,"
etc., etc. That only "a very few
selfish mixed bloods desired such a
proceeding should take place," etc.
And this in spite of the very potent
declaration of the Commissioner of
Indian Affairs in "Hearings before
the Committee on Indian Affairs,
United States Senate, 65 Congress,
H. R. 8696, Monday, Fob. 11,
1918, page 359," to wit as follows:
"On the White Earth reservation,
the moet populous reservation of
the Chippewa country, where they
stroll in
expectedly came in possession of a
very interesting letter snd memo
randum, concerning the manner
and expenditure of approximately
$396,81741 of Chippewa Indian
money including tribal funds, ex
pended during the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1918. Of this
amount $71,034.66 "was expended
for the education and support of
Indian children," such as attended
the Government boarding school
at this agenoy and five Indian day
schools, etc. The letter and mem
orandum are da'ed August 19,
1918, and signed by John H.
Naturally the question arises as
to what sinister motives prompted
the author of the said letter and
memorandum to prowl around
"no man's land" seeking a recep
tive agent in whom to entrust his
mental junk and have the same
conveyed to the officials of Becker
county and the Board of Commis
sioners thereof, the reasons are
obvious, it was evidently the in
tention to mislead and create a
favorable impression on the officials
thereof to the extent that a protest
would be submitted to Congress
antagonistic to the proposition of
fcgffgftting the tribal fund and
having same apportioned to all
qualified persons entitled to share
Liberty Loan.
Tbiy Knw Now To Usi.
The American soldier swears by
his rifle. Machine guns are power
ful weapons, band grenades and
trench bombs rosy be hsndy at
times, but when it comes right
down to real sure enough fighting
in the open, where the enemy csn
be seen, give the doughboy rifle
every time. The ease with which
he can pot a leaping Boche at a
hundred yards has amazed the
French and British armies.
Give the Yauks time and rifl
enough and they will drive straight
through to Berlin. The boys will
do the shooting, but it is up to
those who stay st'home to provide
the rifles. White Earth must pro
vide its share and it will do it by
subscribing its quota and more of
the fourth Liberty loan. Do you
know what White Earth will be
doing if it subscribes only the
When you want
the best
White Earth,
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 aoy and everything you may need in
The B. L. Fairbanks
Published in behalf of, and
to secure the welfare of the
Indians of theMnUed States.
the same, and to the end that the
enormous appropriation from the
Chippewa tribal funds be continued
and, probably the most secretive
objective, thst "honest" John H.
Hinton and others of iiis ilk be
permitted to continue in office
draw a big monthly salary live in
ease and comfort and all this at the
expense of the Chippewas of
White Earth.
for the Fourth
Give The Boys Rifles.
Whits Earth's Liltrti Lou Qauti Will
61ft Soltiirs 800 Wnpm That
Liberty Loan.
Ho. 23.
minimum quota of $20,000 that has
been allotted to it? It will be
putting rifles in the hands of 800
of the boys who are offering their
lives in the cause of their country.
Each rifle used by the American
soldier costs the government $25.
Every $50 bond that you buy will
put two rifles in the hands of our
boys at the frontand maybe they
will be White Earth boys who are
fighting your fight many thousand
miles away from home.
White Earth will buy 800 rifles
for the boys over there if it only
subscribes its minimum quota of
the fourth Liberty loan, but it will
do more than that. Remember that
every $1,000 over the quota sub
scribed means 40 more rifles for
the boys who know how to
for the Fourth
White Earth
Bus and Ex
press Line.
P. C. MARTIN, Prop.
Let me do your
between White Earth and Ogema.
My prices are right, and satis
faction guaranteed.
White Earth, Minn.

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