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

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on the Washita River. The colony began the next year and continued for some time under Seger's direction. 3 Seger's articles in the Transporter concerned his firsthand experiences with the Cheyennes and Arapahos. One series of Seger's articles, "Historic Incidents,''" dealt with Indian history from the immediate past, paying particular attention to the Cheyenne wars. In others, he attempted to show that the Indians could prosper if given a practical education. Like many others, he advocated treating the Indians as children who needed the white man's advice on how to live. 4

Fiction and poetry by writers like Twain and Longfellow were carried in the Transporter, mostly reprinted from other publications. Excerpts from Ruskin's Stones of Venice were printed, often alongside popular fiction with titles like "Not Wisely but Too Well" and "Adopted."

The news of the day was not ignored either. International and national news was reprinted from other papers. The local news extended beyond Darlington, for the editors liked to include local notes from other areas in which advertising was sold. "Pan Handle Items" was a regular column, and army news, especially that from Fort Reno, was common. The paper also furnished information on white immigration movements and patterns. Local news from the Sac and Fox Agency was added on March 12, 1883.

The Transporter supported the policy of sending Indian children out of the territory for education. In its editorials, parents were urged to allow the schools to take custody of their children. Hampton Institute and Carlisle Indian School were represented as the hope for the future of Indian youth. At the same time, the editors recognized that students attending schools outside the territory served as hostages for the good behavior of their parents. The Transporter generally supported the agent and was fervently anti-Boomer and pro-temperence.

The newspaper expressed three major editorial views regarding Indian-white relations. First, it supported legislation to make the laws of the various states and territories extend to the reservations. Second, the Transporter was behind the policy of alloting Indian lands in severalty with the allotments remaining inalienable for twenty-five years, the "excess" lands being opened for non- Indian settlement. The editors saw this as a step toward tribal dissolution, which they viewed as a positive development. The third editorial view was the need for more government support for Indian schools, not only at Hampton and Carlisle, but at the local and state levels. More schools, with practical or "industrial" curricula, were seen as the means for preparing the Indian for life in the mainstream of American society.


Notes
1.
Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936), 293.
2.
G. W. Maffett to Captain J. M. Lee, September 30, 1885, Cheyenne and Arapaho- Newspapers, Archives Division, Oklahoma Historical Society; Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 495-497.

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  • SUPPLEMENTAL LIST OF TITLES 411
  • APPENDIX A LIST OF TITLES BY CHRONOLOGY 425
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