The Navajo Indian Problem: An Inquiry Sponsored by the Phelps-Stokes Fund

The Navajo Indian Problem: An Inquiry Sponsored by the Phelps-Stokes Fund

The Navajo Indian Problem: An Inquiry Sponsored by the Phelps-Stokes Fund

The Navajo Indian Problem: An Inquiry Sponsored by the Phelps-Stokes Fund

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"That American self-respect is involved in the Navajo Problem" should be a conviction of real meaning to all of our citizens. Until the American people successfully fulfill their obligations to the American Indians, they have failed to demonstrate their ability to deal with the earliest and one of the most important of minority groups of the American Democracy. It has therefore been a privilege for the Phelps-Stokes Fund to sponsor the Navajo Inquiry, made with the hearty approval both of the Indian Bureau and of the Indian Rights Association, which had found themselves somewhat at variance on certain matters of policy. The primary purpose has been to secure such an understanding of conditions on the Navajo Reservation as to help bring about the coöperation of all agencies-Government, missions, philanthropies and, most of all, the Indians themselves.

The members of the Inquiry consisted of Dr. Thomas Jesse Jones Educational Director of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, Dr. C. T. Loram of Yale University, Dr. Harold B. Allen, President of the National Farm School, and Miss Ella Deloria, a Sioux woman and an anthropologist. Each member has had unique experience in conditions very similar to those prevailing on the Navajo Reservation. The participation of an Indian in the Inquiry has been especially gratifying to the Phelps-Stokes Fund. Miss Deloria's services have guaranteed that the interpretations and views of the Indians themselves are sincerely recognized in the conclusions presented.

The Inquiry was begun January 1, 1939. The field visitation by the members of the Inquiry continued through January. Professor Loram and his Yale University group spent a full week in March on the Reservation. Dr. Jones made a second visit of two weeks in June and Miss Deloria . . .

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