American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 - Vol. 1

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treasurer. Dr. Myron P. Roberts, a white man, was appointed publisher, and Ross was editor. Thus the pro-boomer Indian Progress had provided a catalyst, and The Indian Journal* issued its first number at Muskogee in May, 1876.

In the first issue of The Indian Progress, Boudinot said that the purpose of his publication was "to courteously consider the reasons advanced by any who see fit to differ with us in opinion, and to the limit of our ability, to do justice to all, and give offense to none." The paper would "encourage progress, worthy citizens, education, civic welfare, will have no politics, and will give news for the whole Indian territory."

The paper printed political news and editorials and, despite its vow to" have no politics," it was clearly anti-Ross. The Indian Progress supported a territorial government and advocated U.S. citizenship for the Indians. Like other publications that supported opening Indian lands to white settlement, the paper editorialized for moving the Indian Office to the War Department, a much-debated issue at the time. Supporting the political views of the publication was political satire in verse and dramatic form similar to that employed in eighteenth-century British periodicals. One of these, "Oklahoma Lyrics," ridiculed Boudinot's political opponents in a manner that belied his promise to consider courteously the opinions of those who held views different from his own.

National news, items reprinted from newspapers in surrounding states, advertising, correspondence from Indian agents, and reprinted verse made up the rest of the material for The Indian Progress.

The Progress ceased publication on March 24, 1876. The press was then moved to Caddo, Choctaw Nation, where the Oklahoma Star was printed on it. Later, it was moved to McAlester, Choctaw Nation, and was used to print The Star-Vindicator.*7


Notes
1.
Angie Debo, The Road to Disappearance ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1941), 210-211.
2.
Boudinot died on September 27, 1890. David Y. Thomas, "Elias Cornelius Boudinot," in Allen Johnson (ed.), Dictionary of American Biography ( New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929), 2: 479; H. F. O'Beirne and E. S O'Beirne, The Indian Territory ( St. Louis: C.B. Woodward Company, 1892), 115-116.
3.
The Indian Sentinel, July 22, 1898.
4.
The Vindicator, October 3, 1875.
5.
Oklahoma Star, December 21, 1875.
6.
Western Independent, November 10, 1875.
7.
Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936), 164.

Information Sources

Bibliography: Angie Debo, The Road to Disappearance ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1941); Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907

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  • Title Page iii
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  • Preface vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Conclusion xxxi
  • GUIDE TO INFORMATION SOURCES IN THE ENTRIES xxxiii
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  • SUPPLEMENTAL LIST OF TITLES 411
  • APPENDIX A LIST OF TITLES BY CHRONOLOGY 425
  • APPENDIX B LIST OF TITLES BY LOCATION 431
  • APPENDIX C LIST OF TITLES BY TRIBAL AFFILIATION OR EMPHASIS 439
  • Index 447
  • About the Authors 483
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