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Vol. XVII.
dustioe and Fair Dealing for
every Indian who desires to
beoome a good Citizen.
Official Organ of the Minnesota
6US H. BEAULIEU, fovnltf.
Edited by THE TOMAHAWK PUfr. CO,
White Earth Agency, Minnesota.
Entered at the Poatofflce at White
Karth, Minn.a mail matter ot the
second class.
'There is no denying the fact
the and intelligent
the young men, of the
Minnesota Chip pewas, are destined
to take the lead in the matter of
Conducting tribal affairs modern
methods and issues must supplant
the crude custom and habits of old
reservation days through pro
gressive industry, only can we hope
to achieve the highest limits of
prosperity and expand the tenet of
true American citizenship blended
with the broad limits of world
democracy. "-rSupt. W.F. Dickens,
Dr. F. Michaels Special Su
perviso^. representing the Indian
Office, in his remarks just before
the adjournment of the General
Council, recently held at Cass Lake,
said among other things: "pur
ing all my experience in the Indi
an service it has has been my lot to
attend a great many meetings and
councils among different bands of
Indipansafidifc-ia a pleasure for ro?
to say to you that I have neverat
tended a more orderly, courteous
fair mindedand property conduct
ed council than this^ one."
Right And Truth Prevails.
The sway of right, truth and
practical methods reigns trium*
phant the Genera1!
Council, Min-
nesota Chippewas, of whom John
G. Mofrison is President is the
acknowledged body through which
the affairs of the Minnesota Chip
pewas. will be conducted during the
coming year and, in all probability
for such time as such an organiza
tion'remains an essential factor in
the affairs of the Chippewas. This
was the logical verdict rendered at
the session of the General Council,
Minnesota Chippewas, held at Cass
Luke, recently and at the request
of the Indian office.
The meeting was called to order
by Sunt. Walter F. Dickens, of
White Earth, who had been desigr
nated by the Hon. Commissioner
of Indian Affairs. 'As was expect
ed the J. 1. Coffey-Ben Caswell
Geo. Walter cabalistic aggregation
were manifestly in evidence and
ready to do anything, good, bad or
indifferent, that the beligereot tri
umverate wished to have done.
Supt. Walter F. Dickens, acting
under instructions from the Indian
office, after patiently listening to
the assinine tirade, abuse and in
.suits of J. I. Coffey and his disre
putable leaders, proceeded in most
decided and methodical manner to
inform the cabal gang that only
such delegates as were duly and
properly elected at the Pinehurst
Council and other plates would be
seated and permitted to take part
in the deliberations of the General
Council convened at Cass Lake.
Adjournment was had for noon.
After dinner, at 2 15 P. M^ the
council was again called to order.
There also appeared on the floor
the Sheriff of Case County and some
six deputies woo bad been called
peraarve order and to quell any
possible riot which the Coffey gang
Defective Page
might provoke. At the firs.t op
portunity Coffey and his lieutenants
Geo. Walters, Wm. Potter, Ah
bow ge-shig and others made
frantic efforts to get an opportuni
ty to harrangne the meeting but
all were turned down as "out of
order*" Coffey insisted in howling
at the top of bis squeaky voice, the
proceeding was a steam roller pro
position, insisted that he "he knew
the law, had the floor," etc., that
the "mixed blood element were
backed by the officials of the Gov
ernment, likewise the-State officials
and the police authority of Cass
County," etc., Another rabid fire
eater from Leech Lake got up dur
ing the turmoil and, )na threaten
ing manner advanced towards Supt.
Pickens shaking his hand and howl
ing in a loud voice, defying the
official to make him sit down.
Supt. Dickens in a quiet but de
cided voiceordered him to sit down
the sheriff and his deputies were on
their feet on the instant the would
be mischief maker observing the
determined mien of tne peace mak
ers concluded that discretion was
the better part of valor meekly
obeyed the stern mandate to "sit
down." Still Coffey insisted in claw
ing the air and yelling that the pro
ceedings were illegal and that the
Council was being dominated by
the Morrison-Beaulieu- Fairbank
influences who are seeking to rob
and defraud the Indians of their
tribal rights etc. Finally after
Supt. Walter F. Dickens had ex
bausted every consistent eridea^ors
to pacify the beligerent trou
makers he advised Coffey and
gang that if he and
an orderly manner and as become
gentlemen to leave the hall. One
of the Pine Point Qiffey. followers
got up at this time and shouted,
*'I am JJOt going to follow Coffey,
I will go out of this council ahead
of him." And. at this time the
majority of the cabalistic gang
stood up and bolted the convention
and. it may be added, np one of the
regularly appointed delegates who
remained, shed any tears over the
timely exodus of a most undesir
able element. Greatly fco the cre
dit and patience ot the so-called
*'mixed-blood" and others who had
been duly appointed delegates at
Pinehurst and other places on June
17th, remained silent and passive
during the turmoil by Coffey and
his gang.
After the hall had been cleared
of the disturbing element the ere*
dential committee got to work and
soon bad the Council under proper
organization. After the delegates
had seated Supt. Dickens informed,
the Council that the nomination of
a temporary Chairman was in order
Mr. John G. Morrison, was placed
in nomination and duly elected to
the chair Paul H. Beaulieu ot Red
Lake was chosen as temporary sec
retary and Mr. George Berry and
William Daily as Interpreters.
Then Suut. Dickens turned the
gavel over to Mr, Morrison who
assumed the chair as presiding
July 9th, Council convened at
9:30 A. M. Following the regular
course of business the election of
officers for the ensuing year was in
order. John G. Morrison Jr. was
again chosen to succeed himself as
were alqp Paul H. Beaulieu, secre
tary aud Omar Gravelle, treasurer
Legislative committees were also
ejected to succeed themselves
Webster Bellinger, Washington,
D. was unanimously chosen as
the representative attorney for the
Council. George Berry and Willi
am Daily where chosen as inter
Among the several resolutions
adopted was one thanking the Hon.
'Truth before Favor."
Frauklin F. Ellsworth, Congress
man from the Second district^
Mankiito, Minn., for valuable ser
vices rendered the Chippewa* cause
during the debates before the Indi
an Committees in the 65th and 66th
Congress and indorsing his can
didacy for the Gorernship of Min
nesota. Another resolution was
tendered the Minnesota State Sen
ate for a unanimous resolution,
protesting against the further ap
propriation of trust funds for ad
ministrative purposes of Minnesota
Indian agencies introduced by
Hon John H. Baldwin, Frazee,
Minn.. A vote of thanks was also
tendered Supt. -Walter F. Dickens,
White Earth agency and Dr.
Michaels, Special Supervisor,, re
presenting the Indian office, for
courtesy and the fair and impur
tial manner in which the prelimi
nary proceedings were conducted..
In addition to Dr. L. F. Mich
dels and Supt. 'Walter F. Dickens,
there were present Supt. Sam
Bonnier, Fond du Lac Supt. Har
vey K. Meyer, Leech Lake, and
Supt. CrosH, lied Lake^ The Coun
cil continued in session after the
supper hour until 12:30 P. M.
Wednesday night, and closed with
speeches by members of the Coun
cil and Government officials. And
the Inst featqlfe before adjournment
it was voted that the next meeting
of the Council take place at Bemid
ji There was a division on thia
Indian Gifts to Civilized
(By Gertrude Bonn in.)
Changing Woman, according to
Amarican Indian mythology, has
once more rejuvenated herself.
Out of old age she springs up, in
her former youthful beauty. In a
royal robe of green,, she adorns
herself with gorgeous flowers,
Changing Woman is the personifi
cation of the seasons.
This Indian Mother-Nature has
ever been much adored by toe red
men. In turn she has. loved. her
black-eyed children well. Many
secrets she has told them in her
secret bowers. Centuries of com
munication with her, in Indian
gardens under primeval forests,
have brought forth from insignifi
cant plants, the acclimated and
perfected corn and potato. Today
tbey are important food foe. the
people' of the earth. Tbey ire a
contribution from the Red Man of
America. He does not crave any
praise for the benefits we derive
from his labors. It is for our own
soul's good that we would give
him. due credit, at this acceptable
Food "conservation is our im
mediate duty. For brief. mo
ment thought reverts to the' red
man who gave us his corn and po
tato. Our real appreciation may
not find expression in words. We
the members of the Exectutive and engaged in urgent war actiiivies,
been so aborbed and busily
we have had scarcely a minute to
spare for anything else. Notwith
standing these circumstances, our
gratitude to the Indian for these
gifts is demonstrated by. our vast
fields, so eloquent in their abund
ant crops. Truly, these speak
louder than words,
The patriotic farmer, planting
bis garden and his field, may won-
shoulder to shoulder
proposition by a counter motion/white brothers in khaki
in favor of Detroit, Minn.' On ''close companionship promises
motion the question was put to a mutual benefits. The Indian in
vote and resuHed in favor of fte*. .iierits from his forefathers a
raidji. The closing episode of.this Wonderfully fine eLse of discretion
one oJ,r(bn most distinctively swc twhich enables him to return to his
a*S^ ^e^ra^^rting point. Being 00 much at
Council of Minnesota Chippewas
ever held, resolved in three rousing
cheers for Cato Sells who made the
successful meeting possible.
White Earth, Becker County* ^Minnesota, Thursday, July 17, 1919. No. 13.
der as be toils in the .blistering an invaluable guide to our boys
sun what service, if any, the In
dian gave to America in her de
fense of world democracy. The
Red Man, citizen or non-citizen of
our United States, is a loyal son
of America. 9,000 Indian men
Were in our army. A great many
have spilled their life blood in the
trenches. Other have won mili
tary medals "Over There." In
dian women were courageously
knitting sweaters, helmets and,
wocks for bur soldiers. The Indian
subscribed about ten million dol
lars in Liberty Bonds.
The Commissioner of Indian
Affairs, visiting four army camps
in Texas, found 1,500 Iudian sol
diers there. Eighty-five per cent
of this number were volunteers.
Of the remaining fifteen per cent,
many there were who did not claim
their exemption, so eager were
they to M^rve their country. Not
withstanding the difficulties that
arise from the complicated system
of classifying the government's
wards, the Indian is in the front
ranks of American Patriotism.
For absolute loyalty to the, Stars
and Stripes, the Indian has no
I It is especially gratifying that
our government did not segregate
our Indian soldiers into Indian
units, but permittedgthetn to serve
Americans, as they should,
with their
Such a
home- in the out-of-doors, he was
born and bred indoors. On the
other hand, the Indian acquired
much practical white man's knowl
edge from first hand experience
ahd, in their united struggle, was
formed a bond of sympathy that
never was found in any hook of
The Indian race, once number
ing about a million and a half has
dwindled to about three hundred
thousand. Yet in proportion to
his numbers, he was unexcelled in
his response to the country's call
for fighting men. Were a patriot
ism like his to sweep through our
entire population of millions, we
would have in a day, an invincible
army of twelve and a half million
men. When we realize that the
only future hope of the red man
is in his educated, physically
strong men, we marvel at his
heroic response. This undaunted
self-sacrifice of America\ aborig
inal son challenges your patriotism
aud mine. The sterling quality of
his devotion to America is his
most inspiring gift to the world.
Notice of Mass Meeting
A mass meeting will be held in
the large day school building of
the District School, District num
ber 112, at go'clock P. M. July
18th. 19,19, for the purpose of dis
cussing school matters of said Dis
trict, particularly as the district
school situation relates to the Gov
ernment Boarding School, which
is to be closed. Very important
Scatters will come upand every per
son belonging to District number
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
The B. L. Fairbanks
White Earth, Hinnesota.
Published, in behalf oTTTxnd
to secure the welfare*of the
Indians of the United States.
112, which includes the village of
White Earth, is strongly urged to
be present and take active part in
the deliberations.
At this meeting several officers
of the State Board of education
will be present as also Miss Rg
st.ag the county Superintendent of
Schools, and they will be prepared
to offer valuable aid and sug
JetvyJ. Selkirk,"
Clerk of School Board,
District No. 112.
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Junior ActiveIndians under 21
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Magazine, 50c annually.
Application for membership should
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Society will be cheerfully furnish
ed upon inquiry to the Secretary
Treasurer, Washington, D. C.
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