"and the hours will take care of themselves." The usual anti-liquor messages appeared, as did a temperance pledge in both languages.
Naturally, the paper gave a good deal of attention to what was going on at the school. The first printed issue introduced the school as well as its Creek trustees--S. W. Perryman, Napoleon Moore, Coweta Micco, L. C. Perryman, David Hodge, and F. S. Lyon. A list of students and teachers also appeared. "Locals" was a column on various social activities at the school prepared by "Celia, the Local Editress." Also appearing were notices of exams and other school activities such as commencement exercises.
Articles, news, and commentary concerning some larger educational issues were also published. Our Monthly presented articles on the state of Creek education and views on the much-debated question of whether Indian children should be educated in Indian languages or in English. In May, 1875, appeared the following: "Every Teacher in the nation knows that our 'full Creek' schools are deficent [sic] in almost every element that commands success--that so far as practical English education is concerned, they are a splendid failure." That issue also reported on a meeting at Okmulgee on April 17, 1875, to organize a teachers' institute. Of prime concern to the teachers were "new books and new methods of instruction" to "enable Indian speaking youth in day schools to acquire an English education." Our Monthly promised to work closely with the institute in promoting this "worthy" cause.
Our Monthly was not reluctant to get into political affairs. It published a Creek's letter in 1875, calling for the repeal of the Treaty of 1866, which gave the railroads a claim to Indian land. Later, the paper published a memorial to the U. S. president from the Creek Council, calling for repeal of the charter. Editors described conditions in the Indian Territory and castigated the railroads for their actions. Our Monthly also published communications from public officials. An example is Secretary of the Interior Columbus Delano's 1873 letter in reference to political difficulties in the Creek Nation, published in both English and Creek.
Local advertising and some local news were carried in the paper. Examples of the latter were a report of the Indian Fair in October, 1874, a story on the laying of the cornerstone of the Cherokee Asylum for the Blind at Park Hill, and news of the desire of Chickasaws, Seminoles, and freedmen to establish schools.
Perhaps one of the major accomplishments of Our Monthly was its influence on the Creek Nation's decision that a newspaper published in its interests was essential to the welfare of the people. Soon after the paper at Tullahassee ceased publication, The Indian Journal* began publication at nearby Muskogee.
Our Monthly appeared as late as October, 1875, and may have run as late as 1876. 5