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The Word Carrier. VOLUME XVII. HKI.lMNc; THE BIGHT, EXPOSING iin whom.. N 1 Mltl'lt 1. SANTEE AGENCY, NEBRASKA. JANUARY. 1888. FIT IV i i:\ts n:i; ykai:. Oil! I'LATKOIiM. i*br Indians we want American Edu- eation! We u<ani American Ilium*! We want American Rights! The result of which is American Citizenship! When The Word Carries parted from its Dakota counterpart, The Iapi Oaye, and they became two distinct papers, The Word Carrier began a new series, of which it has now completed four volumes. But with this number we take up the old series again; and this is volume seventeen, instead of volume five. With this volume we take a step ahead in several ways. For oue thing, we open a department "For Young People," whicli will furnish just what young people's missionary circles have been wanting. We do not mean to keep older people out of the young people's department, nor prevent our young friends from looking through the other pages for tbe many interesting items they will find there, too. And now we ask the help of every reader to introduce The Word Car- rikr to as many as you can. Get up a club. Or, if you cannot do it yourself, find some one else to do it. We have just received a list of seventeen names, with the cash, from Miss Abby B. Nichols, of Fairfield, Conn. That kind of a letter does us good. And we believe it will do good to every one of the seventeen to whom The Word Carrier will now carry its monthly message. We wish to reach as many people as we can. We have something to tell them all. Please introduce us. yoiul tin- letter of the regulations, But it is all in accordance with their spirit. Their spirit is that of Rome in the days of the Inquisition. Inspector Bannister is a Romanist, we are told. And the Romanists have control of the Indian Bureau. The revised regulations in regard to the vernacular are issued. We will publish them in our February number. Great concessions were promised; hut, with one exception, the new regulations are more intolerant (ban ever. We are allowed to open our out-station schools again, but no while missionary is permitted to teach in one of them. The astounding claim that the Indian Commissioner has authority to limit or allow missionary work is maintained more decidedly than ever. No doubt what we say may be improved upon ; but we prefer, nevertheless, to have our own say about things, and be responsible for our own words. In our last number the printer made us say that "as soon as the real drift of this assumption of power is seen by the free citizens of these United States, they will cull a halt on this Old World tyrant." Whal we really wrote was, that "the free citizens of these United States will call a halt on this Old World tyran ny." We have 110 time for personal criminations. The evil lies deeper than in the administration of individuals. It lies in institutions and ideas. When tbey become perverted tbey become the instruments of evil even in the ha nds of good men. We ask a careful reading for our first article on the second pnge, "The Real Issue." A great deal has been done for the Indian, and people wonder that it does so little good. Perhaps we may lind out why it is, and stop the blundering work thai is of no use. Let us stop this threading needles with cart-ropes, or sending watches to be repaired" by the blacksmith. The latest phase of the vernacular prohibition is thai Inspector Bannister has begun to regulate our Sab- bath niid week-day church services. He lias prescribed the number of 'times each week our missionaries at Grand River Station can hold religious service in Dakota. It makes US rub our eyes to see whether we are in America or not. There was a time when such regulations were in order in Spain and Italy; but uever in this country before. We think the Inspector goes be- A strong combination is at work at Washington to secure the passage of a bill for the opening of the Sioux Reservation. Those niosl interested are the towns that lie stranded along the Missouri River, who would stir heaven and earth and hell as well, for some tide to float them into prosperity. With ihem are the Black Hills communities, who, having secured one railroad, are now desper- atly hunting for others to deliver I hem from the clutches of Dial one. The railroads, too, have an eye on the game, which is the chance to haul in deluded settlers (o those alkali plains; and afterwards supply them with fuel and food—for a consideration. The Indians also arc going to have their say about it. A delegation will soon go to Washington from Cheyenne Eiver and Standing Hock Agencies, and perhaps from other points. Ostensibly they go to secure better; terms in what they may think to be an inevitable sale. They propose to ask for money instead of (lie cat- 1 tie it has been the intention of the I government to give them. They may be long-headed enough to see that they have si ill the veto on the bill, and this will not really effect ! the final vote. But we fear not. It seems to us that there is something maloderous in that benevolent woodpile. It looks much like a cunning move on the pari of the wire-pullers to get the Indian chiefs and principal men thus committed to some scheme for opening the reservation. They will purchase their support to I the whole scheme by securing for them (heir demand in regard to minor details of it. If so, it is a most adroit move. For without question il is not to the interest of the Indians to have the reservation opened at this time. A year ago, before the passage of fche general severalty law, it was desirable that they should have some means of securing individual titles; but now this is secured in the severalty law and the Indians have begun to adius! themselves to its provisions. Ii would only disturb them to now canvass new boundaries for their locations. Again, there is little enough good agricultural land in the whole re serve for the Indians. And tiny should* have the lirsl chance to choose it. They are just beginning to understand whal a farm is for and what kind of a location is of auy value to them. If it had uoi been fche policy of the government to corral them at the Agencies lor so long, they might have learned this sooner. Consequently we should Bee to ii thai the; have a fair ohance now. The reservation is poorenough soil for ail Indian coiuniunin to lake root in as farmers without pulling them nil up just as they begin to get started. ll.-i\ ins begun to attach themselves lo (he soil, llle\ should be let! Ulldisllirbed for a term of years. Then, when thej are well located, the remainder of their laud can be throw 11 open lor a burying-ground for the white Bel dements around. No: it is not for the interest of the Indians 10 have this reservation opened now. I.el those who advocate it be made to confess that il is purely in the interest of land-grabbers, the railroads, and speculators in town lots. Kirk's Illustrated History of Minnesota is an engaging book. Il begins with the days of the French Yoy.-igetirs, describes the Indian occupants of the country, tells the story of the days before Minnesota was even a Territory, and (hen brings down the accoiinl through Territorial limes ami Statehood to the present. The lirsl half of the book, which deals with the earlier times, will excite the most interest. It is a story graphically and truthfully told. And the illustrations, though not in the highest style of art, are very good, and really illustrate the book. The faces and scenes portrayed are recognizable, which is not often (he case. The sixty pages of Appendix notes and references will be found one of Ihe most interesting parts of the book. It Would be almost impossible lo gather such a variilv of material together, much of il from original sources, and gleaned oftentimes from descriptions that are imperfect or misleading, without some errors. One such we lind on page 88, where the Mdewakanlonwaiis are said to be one of the four bands of (he Santees. I usfcead of ibis, the Mdewakaiitonwans are the Santees. It is true that white men on the Missouri River and westward, with utter disregard of the facts, call all the Minnesota Sioux Sanlees; bill a Minnesota writer should keep to the truth, if he knows it. And in the helpful map thai in troduoes the book are some things for which we know of no shadow of proof. Thus, Hie Yanktons are pul down as residing in Hie angle of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. But neither their name (Dwellers at tin End), nor any tradition that we know of, countenances this. The Omahas, also, are strangely located iii the southeastern pari of Minnesota. We ask for proof of this : for it does nol fall in with what we know of their traditions and migrations. The book is one worth buying and keeping by all who are interested in ',\u- early history of this em miry. ]). I). Merrill, SI. Paul, is Ihe publisher. Rev. .biiiies Powell, I). I)., one of the beloved Secretaries of (air American Missionary Association, died on December27,1HK7. Eediedofover- work. lie was working up to the very last with his accustomed rivacityand efficiency. His candle has burnt to the socket brightly to Ihe end. MI — ION illl \(> I I -. NotM irmii ilif MU-lon SMJotM Of Oulie iiitti BlmwUffl"Qrowim Wortfc son v PROM 0 viii Mr. Riley, Superintendent of Indian Schools, has paid Us a ll.v ina visit. Mr. ihiev is a gentleman of prepoeSSSing appearance, who sa>s pleasant things in a verj agreeable wav. If be sa>s as nice (line us as be said to us, we shall prob ablv figure enviably in bis next re port. Our school is (shall we say is equipped or are equipped? our English is getting a little mixed since We have been compelled lo have so 11111.-11 anil BUOh a varielv ol il ; however, we have disarmed cri! icisin by acknovlodging our possible ignorance) equipped with dumbbells, for which we are indebted t<> Hie generositj oi Mrs. Farnam, of New Haven, ami Ihe eolirtes.V of the John Wilkinson Companj. of I 'hi eago, who, through then- secretary, Mr. W. I-'. Conklin, gave us a liberal discount. We have liflv live scholars in (Muscimol home, and there are "more to follow." We caimol pul on an extension ibis cold weather bj lei tillg them sleep with their leel oil! Hie windows, bill we propose pad, ing Ihe hoys into Hieir attio dornn torj spoon fashion, which will en able us lo take several more. The siie tor our boys' home is already chosen : and, in OUT muni's eve, we see the shadowy outline oi a oomroi 1 able home, wbicb shall relieve the pressure on Ibis. Nothing is Heeded bui ihe opening of th< pocket books of our Eastern friends to make ibis shadowy outline a reality. Mills mini sissiton. Mrs.Sarah Benedict)recentlj from Sioux Fails, is spending ihe winter wiln her mice, Miss White. Martha Bain returned from \\or thington, Minn., in September, She is very helpful to the school iii many ways. Miss Mma Phelps from Chester, Minn., wins golden opinions by the way she matronizes the Teachers' t'lub, ami the good influence she has over He large boys. Mr. Adams' house is so far com pleted Ibat Hie family have taken possesion of it ami find il very comfortable, lis outward appearance adds verv miu-li In (be looks of Hie "X ill:.. Mr. and Mrs. Muck, after a sojourn iu Hie new shops, are now fairly settled in their own quarters. The shops are not yet sufficiently finished to In in operation, but we hope they may fe before long. I'. S. Indian inspector Bannister made us a visit nol long ago. lie expressed himself as much pleased wiib the school generally, and particularly commended the work done in the school-room. I'. S. Morris left home early iii September.a ml is attending the State University al Minneapolis. John Butler, from Sisseton, and T. ('. Williamson, from Yankton Agency, are among the students al Macules- ler ('ollege this year.
|Title||The Word Carrier (Santee, Nebraska), 1888-01|
|Succeeding Titles||The Word Carrier of Santee Normal Training School|
|Edition||Volume 17, Number 1|
|Date of Creation||1888-01|
|Publishing Agency||Alfred Longley Riggs (Santee, Nebraska)|
|Minnesota Reflections Topic||American Indians|
|Item Physical Format||Newspapers|
|Formal Subject Headings||
Indians of North America
Indians of North America -- newspapers
|Locally Assigned Subject Headings||Dakota language; Indian missions; Dakota Indians; Presbyterian Church--Mission--Periodicals; Dakota Indians--Periodicals|
|State or Province||Nebraska|
|Contributing Organization||Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122|
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The Word Carrier.
HKI.lMNc; THE BIGHT, EXPOSING iin whom..
N 1 Mltl'lt 1.
SANTEE AGENCY, NEBRASKA.
FIT IV i i:\ts n:i; ykai:.
i*br Indians we want American Edu-
eation! We u