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Department of the Interior, Office of Indian
Affairs, Washington.
Introduction of Intoxicants on Indian
October 21, 1912.
To Superintendents:
Recent reports indicate that there is not
at all Indian schools and agencies the strict
compliance with the law which there should
be, against the introduction of intoxicants,
and that some government physicians pre
scribe liquor for alleged medicinal purposes.
Absolute prohibition of the liquor traffic
in Indian country is provided by Sec. 2139,
Revised Statutes of the United States and
amendments thereto.
Without permission of the Secretary of
War the introduction of intoxicating
liquors of any kind in any manner or for
any purposes whatsoever, even for medicin
al purposes with or without physician’s
prescription, is prohibited, except wines
solely for sacramental purposes, under
church authority.
It is intended that every use of intoxi
cating liquor by employees or others on
Indian reservations except as indicated
above will be absolutely prohibited. The
law must be observed.
Every employee in the Indian service
knows that the use of intoxicants is one of
the greatest menaces to the health and the
progress of Indians. Congress has recog
nized this fact by making large appropria
tions for a special force of officers to assist
the Indian office in the suppression of the
liquor traffic among Indians. This special
legislation not only does not relieve the field
employees of the Indian service of their re
sponsibility to enforce prohibition in the
Indian country as provided by law, but
should serve to emphasize that responsibil
ity. The law cannot be enforced effectively
as to Indians unless employees themselves
set the example for its obedience. There
cannot be one law in Indian country for
Indians and a different law for white em
The difficulties of keeping intoxicating
liquor from the Indians are so great that
only by the constant cooperation of all em
ployees of all branches of the Indian serv
ice can they be overcome.
The purpose of this letter is to make so
clear and definite the duties and limita
tions of employees of this service, that in
the future there may be no misunderstand
ing and no possible ground for any to plead
ignorance of the law or of the regulations
as an excuse for the violation thereof.
Superintendents will see that all employ
ees,’ as well as all licensed Indian traders,
are placed in possession of the information
contained herein.
Those who have asked to put in wood at
the school and agency are requested to do
so as soon as possible, also several promised
Acting Commissioner.
to furnish hay which we wish delivered
right away.
There is a vacancy for a few more girls at
the Red Lake school and unless the school
is filled before annuity payment it might
put some of the Cross Lakers in a bad light.
We have not heard from the Cross Lake
school correspondent, but we know that
there must be some reasonable excuse for
the absence of their school items. Soon the
telephone line will not be so far from Cross
Lake school to the out side world. We look
for a full page of items in the next issue.
During the several councils held by the
Red Lake Chippewa Indians during the
past summer reference lias been made by
many of the older Indians to the matter of
the sale of the “Eleven Towns” bordering
the west end of the present reservation.
It will be remembered that the purchase
price as agreed by the Indians for this
tract was $1,000,000. The fact of the mat
ter is that this consideration has been ex
ceeded to the benefit of the Indians to the
amount of $260,000, as shown by the follow
ing letter which is published with the con
sent of Congressman Steenerson:
Crookston, Minnesota.
September 27, 1912.
Honorable H. Steenerson,
Crookston, Minnesota.
Dear Sir:
In compliance with your request we sub
mit the following figures which are a re
vision of our report to you under date of
March 6, 1912, to and including this date:
Area of “Eleven T0wn5”265,00 acres
Entered to date 262,000 acres
Unentered land 3,000 acres
Purchase price of laud heretofore
entered $1,260,000
Amount paid 1,055,000
Unpaid balance $ 205,000
The unentered area is subject to sale at
the minimum price of $4 per acre.
Attention is invited to the circular letter
from the Indian Office printed in this issue
of the News. This circular is printed for
the special benefit of our readers and I wish
personally to advise one and all that a
strict compliance with the intent of the cir
cular and the law by all employees, licens
ed Indian traders, squaw men, Indians and
white people who are enjoying the privilege
of living on the reservation is requested
and expected by me and in connection with
the enforcement of this law I can be no re
specter of persons.
Supt. and Spl. Dist. Agent.
As the great majority of deaths on the
reservation are due to tuberculosis, Father
Thomas last Sunday gave a lecture in the
Chippewa language on this disease. Among
other things he showed how health is pro
moted by holiness and destroyed by liquor,
laziness and lecherousness.
He has also found it necessary to cau
tion the younger folks against following the
extremes of the fashions of their white
brethern. To the credit of the Indians it
must be said that in general they show
very good judgment in the selection of their
wearing apparel. The red blanket has of
late years not been seen on the streets, ex
cept at Indian dances. But it were better
to return to the blanket rather than to
adopt some of the “latest styles” of white
Mr. B. L. Fairbanks, of White Earth,
Minn., came up to Red Lake Agency on Oct,
15th. After looking after his business in
terests at this place and, incidentally, leav
ing his subscription for the “News”, he de
parted for White Earth on the morning of
the 18th.
Joe Roy was a business visitor at Red
Lake Agency on Oct. 1; th,-returning Oil tlic "
gasoline boat to Ponemah on the same day.
Agent R. A. Bailey, of Redby, was in
town Oct. 17th. We are “almost” always
glad to see Mr. Bailey.
Joe Morrison returned to the Agency
from Dakota liarvest fields on Oct. 16th,
having been called home on account of the
serious illness of his child.
The agent of the M. R. L. & M. Ry. at
Redby advises that he has received a stove
by freight consigned to “Nah-gah-sin-dah”
and has been unable to make delivery of
same, though notices have been addressed to
this Indian to call and receive the freight.
Anyone knowing an Indian answering to
the name given will confer a favor on him by
advising him of the arrival of the stove at
Redby. Any Indian who has recently or
dered a stove by freight, and who has not
received same, would do well to inquire as
to whether or not this is his shipment, as
mistakes are frequently made in the spell
ing of names on shipping tags.
Charles Chaboille has returned to his
former position as clerk in the Chippewa
Trading store after an illness of several
Mr. Roy D. Stabler, laborer at the school,
resigned his position and departed for his
home at Winnebago, Nebraska, on Oct. 18.
The Chippewa Trading store of this place
have about completed the construction of a
new warehouse, 20x22 feet.
John (t. Morrisn, Jr., returned from a
“buying” trip to the Twin Cities on the
28th. Mrs. Morrison accompanied her.hus
band on the journey.
That “big noise” you may have noticed
recently in the vicinity of the Red Lake
school is only John Baptiste Thunder at
work in the position of laborer. He is tem
porarily filling the position made vacant by
the resignation of Roy D. Stabler. i
Joe Clark recently returned from the Da
kota harvest fields and reports that wages
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