While the paper featured a department called "From Our Baptist Missionaries," Freer was quick to point out that the Carrier Pigeon was not affiliated with any mission but came out of the agency and the government boarding school. 7 News from the Cheyenne and Arapaho school was a regular feature, and occasionally items appeared from other schools like Chilocco. The paper also published inspirational articles aimed at the school audience, e.g., "What Makes a Boy Popular?" "Character," and "Stand True." Inspirational aphorisms aimed at moral development often provided filler.
The Carrier Pigeon, as the organ of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, carried articles that supported the agency's policy of turning the Indian people into farmers and ranchers through articles like "Alfalfa Is a Paying Crop," "Provide Winter Feed," and "Saving the Soil." Along the same lines, the paper printed articles on sanitation and disease prevention like "Tuberculosis" and "The Dangerous House Fly." Local lectures and classes on sanitation, agriculture, and stock raising received publicity in the paper.
The Carrier Pigeon was suspended in the summer of 1913. One reason was the "approaching termination of the trust period and the Indian's relation to the state as a full citizen." 8 In view of the government's assimilationist policies, Farrell reasoned, it was better for the Indians to subscribe to their local papers than to one published especially for them. He viewed newspapers of the local communities as tools to help the Indian enter the mainstream of American society.
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Gregory; OkHi-A
Title and Title Changes: The Cheyenne and Arapaho Carrier Pigeon ( 1910- 1913)
Volume and Issue Data: The Cheyenne and Arapaho Carrier Pigeon (Vol. 1, No. 1, April 15, 1910-Vol. 3, No. 12, June 2, 1913)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, Darlington, Oklahoma ( 1910-1913)
Editor: William B. Freer ( 1910- 1912); F. E. Farrell ( 1912- 1913)