The B.I.U. Instructor was published at Bacone Indian University (now Bacone College) near Muskogee, Indian Territory, one of several publications established at that institution. Published by the faculty, the four-column, four-page monthly magazine was maintained "in the interest of the Students and Patrons of Indian University." It apparently began in October, 1891. 1
Marion L. Brown and C. H. Maxson were editors in 1893 and, apparently, later. Professor Brown taught history, rhetoric, and civil government at the university and served as interim president when President Almon C. Bacone died in 1896.
Typesetter for the newspaper was perhaps the school's most famous student, Alexander L. Posey. Posey was born near Eufaula, Creek Nation, on August 3, 1873. He was the son of Lewis H. Posey, a white man of Scots descent who was born in Indian Territory, and Nancy Phillips, the fullblood daughter of Pohos Harjo of the Wind Clan of Creeks. Posey attended Creek public school at Eufaula before entering the Indian University. After graduating in 1895, he went on to make a name for himself as a legislator, teacher, writer, and journalist. 2
The Instructor also contained some of Posey's early works. Posey's distinctive style was developed as he wrote for school publications such as the Instructor. His flair for satire, for example, is displayed in a piece called "Chinnubbie Scalps the Squaws." Although tagged as an Indian legend related by "a Creek Indian," the story is a fictional account of the origin of scalping. This practice has passed away, Posey points out in his opening paragraph, except in the lore of the Indian and in "the more elaborate verse and romances of his superior