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

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Soboba, and other places. He published descriptions of various California missions, reprinted articles about the loss of land by the Agua Caliente Indians, and included some items about events in Congress and about foreign affairs.

Most of the content, however, had a religious orientation. Father Hahn editorially pointed out the "progress" of the Indians under the missionaries. "Uncle Tom's" column, at first consisting mainly of student writing in the form of letters, later became more religious in content. Articles on education argued that education must be based in religion and must include manual or industrial training. Father Hahn also published biographical sketches of famous Catholics such as Junipero Serra and Isaac Joques and a series of historical sketches on language, customs, and characteristics of Indian groups, early white exploration, and early Catholic missions among the Indians.

Much of the content was Catholic and aimed at answering the "anti-Catholic literature" Father Hahn had found among the Indians. He published extracts from Leo XIII's encyclical on education, regulations for Lent in the diocese, pastoral letters from the bishop, explanations of Catholic theology and ritual, religious poems and hymns, and saints' lives. On October 15, 1899, Father Hahn changed to a semimonthly publication of four four-column pages. His stated purpose was to teach the boys the printing trade, "to voice the wrongs and cruelties that have been inflicted on the defenseless aborigines," to supply "good" reading to intelligent Indians, to strengthen the Indians' religion, and to keep supporters informed of the mission's work. The content changed little during the next year.

The Mission Indian suspended on October 1, 1900, after which Father Hahn transferred to another assignment. The Reverend Zephryin Engelhardt replaced Father Hahn but remained only a short time. Father Hahn returned to the St. Boniface Industrial School at Banning, where he revived The Mission Indian as a monthly. It had apparently suspended again, for the issue of July, 1906, gives a summary of the previous year's activities at the school and "annual" reports of the students as well as instructional and inspirational materials. The eight- page issue contained some good-quality photographs.

How long The Mission Indian continued is uncertain. Like most of the missionary publications, it says more perhaps about the missionaries than about their proselytes.


Note
1.
For treatment of the campaign against Catholic contract mission schools, see Francis Paul Prucha , The Churches and the Indian Schools, 1888-1912 ( Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979), 1-40.

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  • Title Page iii
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  • Conclusion xxxi
  • GUIDE TO INFORMATION SOURCES IN THE ENTRIES xxxiii
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  • SUPPLEMENTAL LIST OF TITLES 411
  • APPENDIX A LIST OF TITLES BY CHRONOLOGY 425
  • APPENDIX B LIST OF TITLES BY LOCATION 431
  • APPENDIX C LIST OF TITLES BY TRIBAL AFFILIATION OR EMPHASIS 439
  • Index 447
  • About the Authors 483
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