The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart Mission, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 17, No. 4, Ed. 1, Saturday, April 1, 1905 Page: 3 of 38
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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 99
Whn in June 1904 Father Ketcbam Director of the
Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions visited Rome in the
interest of the Indian Missions of the United States through
the courtesy of His Excellency the Apostolic Delegate Most
Reverend Diomede Falconio (who takes a most kindly in-
terest in these Missions) the work of the Catholic Indian
Bureau was explained at length to the Holy Father who
listened to the recital with evident pleasure and turning to the
Reverend Director gave his special blessing to the Bureau to
the Indian people their missionaries and teachers and to all
who in any way assist them in their spiritual and temporal
I take this occasion once more to recommend the Preser-
vation Society to the clergy and laity of the United States.
With a membership of five hundred thousand which is less
than one twenty-fourth of our Catholic Population this Society
would be able to support our Indian schools. I see no reason
why such a membership cannot be secured in a very short time.
President of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions
What Will Become of Indians?
With about a year more to run the tribal governments
must close and all tribal funds be distributed and all
tribal relations extinguished. Schools will then be
abolished and buildings disposed of. These agreements
provide that all Indian lands shall be non-taxable. "How
then" Supt. Benedict seriously asks -'are the 15000 Indian
children of the territory to be educated after March 1906?
From whence will the $450000 which is annually expended
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