Service. It was a movement to overcome the bungling and dishonesty in the service: "This little paper will do its utmost to encourage Indian thinking, to help and inspire Indians to demand, so long as they remain wards of a great government, a decent management of their affairs." 2 The purpose of the paper was to "probe the iniquitous growths" that had developed in Indian affairs, to "size up" some of those involved in Indian administration, and to point out "some of the lessons taught by the history of Indian affairs." It would help keep alive the unity and spirit of the new movement among the Indians.
Gordon did not want his paper to be labeled militant, despite its name. He wanted it to suggest a breaking away from the "ultraconservatism" that hampered the actions of some organizations for Indian betterment or rights. On the other hand, he would not undertake "acrimonious pillorying of officials."
In his first issue, Gordon published excerpts from letters to him complaining about corruption or mismanagement of Indian affairs. The last page was devoted to the Sacred Heart Society of Haskell Institute to express the concerns of Catholic students in the Protestant-dominated Indian Service schools.
The War-Whoop, which consisted of four pages with two columns of print, was short-lived. Gordon had a contract with a printer for the issues for three months. It ran no longer than that, for when Carlos Montezuma began his Wassaja* in April, 1916, the Quarterly Journal of the Society of American Indians* noted that it continued The War-Whoop, which had been suspended.
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Location Sources : Danky and Hady
Title and Title Changes : The War-Whoop ( 1916)
Volume and Issue Data : The War-Whoop (No. 1, January, 1916)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Philip Gordon, Lawrence, Kansas ( 1916)
Editor. Reverend Philip Gordon ( 1916)
Wassaja: Freedom's Signal for the Indians was published at Chicago from April, 1916, to November, 1922. A four-page monthly, the periodical took its