Indians" contained profiles of Indian individuals, including narratives of conversion. In 1922, that column was changed to "Who's Who Among Catholic Indians." In 1923 a book review section was added as was "Mission Needs," a column through which missions requested donations of specific useful items such as kitchen supplies or window panes. Beginning in 1925 "Helpers of Indian Missions" acknowledged contributions by adults, while "Crusaders for Indian Missions" acknowledged student contributions.
The Indian Sentinel changed little in content or format from the beginning to 1936. After McGill, the editor was Arthur E. J. Reilly, but apparently much of the editorial responsibility fell upon the directors, the Reverend William H. Ketcham ( 1901-1919) and Monsignor William Hughes ( 1919-1935). Throughout this period, the issues had consisted of twenty-four to forty-eight pages with single columns of print.
From the beginning of 1936, the publication appeared monthly except July and August, each issue containing twelve to sixteen double-column pages. Editorial responsibilities apparently shifted at that time. The Reverend John Benjamin Tennelly, S.S., became director of the bureau and apparently editor in 1935, and George J. Widman was associate editor. Later that year, the associate editor's title was changed to secretary. Born at Denver, Colorado, in 1890, Father Tennelly was secretary of the Negro and Indian Mission Board and had been president of Sulpician Seminary of the Catholic University ( 1926-1932). 2
Father Tennelly was editor until the Sentinel ceased publication in 1962. The content remained much as it had been, but a new section on mission statistics was added and continued through 1962, and in 1937 appeared "Wampum Worries," a column that made pleas for assistance to specific, needy mission causes. "Sharing the Missionaries' Burdens," begun in 1945, contained letters of thanks from missionaries for help from contributors. Regular columns were continued throughout this period. "Stay at Home Missionaries" contained letters from contributors, Director Tennelly supplied a yearly summary of mission efforts, and "Indian Juniors" contained human interest items about children or writing by Indian children.
Feature articles continued to be dominated by human interest information about missionaries and their converts and their schools, organizations, and activities. Much of the information related to Southwestern tribes, Pacific Coast tribes, and Alaska Natives, and great emphasis was placed on children. From 1957 through 1961 the monthly issues were combined so that six were published each year, and in 1962, The Indian Sentinel returned to quarterly publication. It ceased with the winter, 1962, issue.