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Red Lake news. (Red Lake, Minn.) 1912-1921, October 01, 1915, Image 1

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Proved Red men Are To Be Self Supporting.
Cato Sells, the Indian commissioner, is
a strong believer in educating the red man
to be self-supporting. And lie is thorough
ly making good, as anybody may see who
calls at one of the most interesting exhibits
on the State Fair grounds.
In a tent under the orders of Commission
er Sells, an exhibit lias been collected from
five or six reservations. The result is some
thing that many western people who are
pretty conversant with Indians are hardly
able to believe. These people have grown
grain, grasses and fruit which have won
prizes in competion with the entire state.
Peaches Are Winners.
There is a plate of freestone peaches from
the small orchard of an Indian woman four
miles north of Poison, on Flathead lake,
which, if they had been entered, would have
beaten anything in Montana.
Artist and Sculptor.
Hut this is only a feature of a splendid
exhibit. For instance there is the work of
George Champlin, an Indian boy in the
fourth grade at school. This youngster,
who is? a Blackfoot, has painted several
pictures .wil west life wnieli would cause
Charley Russell to take a second look. Then
Were ^Tl&fffmialr aMptfe ^."ArdaTkr^ftr
has done some wonderful things in wood,
bears, and mountain goats and buffalo.
And las for cooking, fine needlework &n4~
beadwoik, well, it is necessary to see the ex
hibit to appreciate it. Here are samples
of the work of girls in the Indian schools,.
tots of 5, 7 and 10 years and up to 14, which
would do credit to the most cultured white
girl who had been given the benefit of costly
I in i utij uJ Vf vdU irot k.
At the entrance on the north exhibits from
the Balkmip and Ciow reservations are en
countered: wheat, oats, alfalfa and all man
ner of vegetables, canned fruits and vegeta
bles, needlework and painting by school
children, largely the product of the board
ing school.Across the aisle is the exhibit of
the Foit Peck Reservation. There aie sam
ples of needlework from the Indian school,
beautiful beadwork, a buchskin dress equip
ped with tinkling bells, said to be more than
a hundred years old another dress made of
elk skin and bedecked with beads, which is
priced at $100, and cushions, paintings, of
birds and animals, altogether an attractive
display. In this section are samples of
macaroni wheat which tot two second
prizes in competion with the stateone in
sheaf and the other threshed. There is also
an exhibit of cake, bread and canned fruit,
put up by Indian women.
Blanket Indians Interested.
The noithern Cheyenne reservation con
tributes a fair exhibit, which is limited
somewhat because of the fact that practi
cally all the Indians are full bloods, who
until within the past two years have taken
little or no interest in agriculture, But
they have sent a good assortment of vegeta
bles and some flax and wheat and oats as
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"Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine and the Shadows Will Fall Behind You"
Louis Gurneau is on the job here erecting
several outbuildings, which arc much need
ed ut the Fdmi Station.
Louis Kink is putting up a new 20x24
foot house on his tentative allotment near
the Farm Station. Mr. King is also getting
his pipes, etc., preparatory to drilling a well
on his place.
Frank Brunn is hauling his oats to Mr.
Barrett's place to get it threshed which he
will do as soon as the machine from across
the river comes to thresh for Mr. Barrett,
Joe Lussier, Pete Xeadeau, and others in
that vicinity.
Mr. Brunn is delivering beef regularly to
the Red Lake School, having the government
contract for beef this year.
We are enjoying an abundance of venison
at present, the finest deer meat we have
ever tasted.
As the flies and mosquitos have been few
and the grass kept young and tender
throughout the summer Ave have had the
most favorable stock season we have seen
in northern Minnesota.
Louis Gurneau and Louis King each bag
ged a deer recently.
We had quite a little excitement here not
long ago, having discovered a tall lx)ttle in
our immediate vicinity. Bazil jLawrence
and Joe Thunder made a hurry up trip from
the |Klic quarters at tne Agency and took
.charge of the contents of the bottle. g#?
We were sorry not to have made a better
showing at the Indian Fair this year. The
extreme wet season was most unfavorable
to farming in our district. If we can only
get drainage Ave Avill show7
them at the fair
next year.
It is very gratifying to see the numerous
stacks of fine bright hay in the meadoAVS.
We know a lot of'stock are going to appre
ciate it also this winter.
Francis Lee is spending a couple of
months with home folks, the first vacation
he has taken for two years. He has an
engineer's license for steam and gas engi
neering, and expects to return to school ami
take the electrical course also.
Mr. and Mrs. Win. Savers stopped over
night with Mr. and .Mrs. Gurneau Sunday on
their way to the Agency.
While on a trip to Clearwater, recently
A\e found that Mr. Barret had his fall ploAV
iug done. Pete and James Neadeau were
grubbing and hauling manure on their
field, and had considerable brushing done
Practically all of the Cross Lake Indians
attended the Red Lake Fair, September, 22,
23, 24.
Wayne Stillday, Easu Stillday, Xay-tah
Avah-be-tung, Ome-menee and Thomas
Spears have returned from the harvest
A dance has been going on at the "Point"
for the last Aveek.
Mrs. Elsie E. Webster accompanied by her
husband returned from her vacation spent
in West De Pere, Wisconsin.
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The introduction of intoxicating liquors
into this reservation or its sale to non
citizen Indians is forbidden by law under
a penalty of imprisonment for not less
than sixty u&ys.
See Act of January 30, 1897 (29 State
L 606.)
II. S. Trayler of Washington Pleased With
Exhibit "Best Ever Seen/' lie Says
Program For Bemidji D&y is Good Cross
Lakers Win LaCrosse Game.
The third annual Red Lake Indian fair,
surpassing all previous records in atten
dance, exhibits, field and track sports, was
brought to a most successful close Avith the
celebration of Bemidji day, Friday.
Prizes Awarded.
The aAvarding of premiums for booths
and general exhibits Avas conducted Friday.
The agricultural exhibits and poultry prem
iums Avere awarded by H. Moore, E. .H. Lee
and F. Dupree, .*.The live stock judges were
J. O. Harris^ Kelliher and J. M. Phillippi
of Bemidji. %CtT
A In. thg-doaneMieua** *Ja|ai**tt Mfc&, &
L. CuIp,*Mrs. E* C. Linton and Mrs. Omar
Gravelle passed judgement. Mrs. A. C. God-7
dard and Mrs. Eleanor Stevens awarded
the prizes in the domestic science depart
ments. The school booths were inspected
by Judges Mrs. S. M. Dickens, Mrs. J. Ka
hellicker and Mrs. A. Pecord.
Field Inspector Interested.
H. S. Trayler, field inspector of agencies
throughout the United States, working
directly under the department at Washing
ton, was an interested visitor. In speaking
of the fair Mr. Trayler said:
*'I cover practically all Indian reserva
tions in my travels and am amazed at the
wonderful display of crop exhibits and the
interest taken in the fair program by the
Indians. The boys' corn club exhibit and
the Indian Farmers' club exhibits are
simply Avonderfnl
"How does this Indian fair compare with
others you have visited?'' Avas asked Mr.
"It is the best I have ever seen anywhere,"
lie answered. "You cannot say too much
in praise of this fair if you Avish to express
my honest opinion.
To Recommend Fair.
"Most Indian reservation held a celebra
tion June 14 of each year and after seeing
this display I heartily recommend that all
Indian schools change this celebration to an
annual Indian fair, because I believe it
more educational to the Indian than any
other form of entertainment.
Dickens is Pleased.
"Comparing this fair with the last two,'r
said Mr. Dickens, superintendent of the
Red Lake agency, ""I am especially pleased
with the turnout from Bemidji. The busi
ness men down there supported us loyally
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