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

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place in U.S. Indian policy and identifies a source of much of the Indian people's problems in the nineteenth century. The editor said that the people on the reservation had given up their land in Minnesota to move to Fort Totten. After doing so, they had lived peacefully for thirty years, justifying the government's great expense in removing them.

And now, that they are leaving aside their pagan ways and beginning to be civilized and citizens of the United States, have taken their land in severalty, feel ambitions to keep up with the white man; and are working their farms under the management of their worthy and energetic Indian Agent Major Getchall and thus making such a progress that, they will soon become self-supporting and thrifty farmers; the white man steps in and to his envious eye the beautiful and picturesque Fort Totten Reservation is too good for the Indians. 4

Hunt also said that some whites wanted the people removed to inferior land on the Missouri River, and that this action must be resisted.

Like other mission publications, this one was strongly anti-liquor, and it, too, published articles aimed at improving the moral lot of its readers. The tone of these latter pieces was softer than that of the Protestant periodicals. "Be Polite," and "Be Pleasant" are typical articles, which seem aimed at developing in the reader a quiet piety.

News from Fort Totten and other missions such as those at Porcupine Station and the Holy Rosary Mission at Pine Ridge was reported. Letters from area Catholics and clergy appeared as did obituaries and other announcements.

By 1907, the supplement, too, was entirely in Dakota, but the next year some English was reintroduced.

Sina Sapa Wocekiye Taeyanpaha apparently continued until Father Hunt's death in 1923.


Notes
1.
Peter James Rahill, The Catholic Indian Missions and Grant's Peace Policy, 1870- 1874 ( Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1953), 223-224.
2.
"Reverend Jerome Hunt, O.S.B., Indian Missionary," Indian Sentinel, 4 ( January, 1924), 34.
3.
Thomas C. Middleton, D.D., O.S.A., "Catholic Periodicals Published in the United States," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, 19 ( March, 1908), 36.
4.
Sina Sapa Wocekiye Taeyanpaha, 8 ( February, 1900), 2.

Information Sources

Bibliography: Thomas C. Middleton, D.D., O.S.A., "Catholic Periodicals Published in the United States," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, 19 ( March, 1908), 18-41

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