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Washtenaw Branch Of The National Indian Association

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Itisoften asked, " What is the object of the National Indian Association f" Ans.-'Vo give Chrlsttanity and civil'ation to the Indians. Quen. - What is the need of tliia association when clinrches have already efficiënt misslomiry orjranizations, and tl e public schools of the United States are the most efficiënt and elteetive in the world V Am. - Schools are completely, and churches almost completely, shut out frora all Indians in the United States, by special laws now in forco. If Indians stood before the law on the saine footing as all other cltlzens, or even as the emignuits who arrive weekly, they could be reached by these raeans. If no restrictiva and problbltory laws foibade the civil rigbtsof Indian, churches and schools could reuch thein; hut now these depend 0 poil the personal consent of oneman, the head of the ludían Bi - reau. No comtnon school system is adHiitïed any way, but this Government officer may ermit one denoinination to send a niissionary. At present fixty-seveu tribes have nothlng. The seven thousand 8ÍOUX at Ritfebub have one missionary. The Government endorsos the work of the National Indian Assoclation, and as it is non-seclarian, it can go unywhere " till they become civilized." The National Indi:in Association takes the work of teaching tlieni hont-sty and industry without wai t i ngunl i lehn relies and schools can be admitted to them. It 11 ho woiks by all available means to bring about the legal riglits of Indians, so as to open the field to all good intlnences. Legislation intended to keep away evil, has also resulted in sliut;ng out goud front thein. All aie asked to heli) in this woik. The membership is ifl.00 a year. Subsciiption to the Washtennw Society inay be sent to, or left with, the Sccictai v. Mis. .Í. H. Sampson, or the President, Mrs. G. VV. O wen, and willbe proinptly acknowledgfd. In other places inany ladics and gentlemen have taken honorary memtiorships at $5.00 or #10.00. Such woukl be very welconie here. The next meeling of the Washtenaw Afsociation will be the first 'J'hnisday in September, at :! p. in. Mits. (i. W. O WEM, Ypsilanti, Vice-PreSident National Indian Association. '"Where wasyour fitherlast Sunday afternoon ? " asked the minister oi an unsophisticated young lady. "He must have attended some lecture," replied she innoeentiy. "Aie you suiei1 1 was nnt aware tliat there was a lecture given in the town last i Sunday." " There must have been," said theyonnfr lady, " tor I distinctly heard hini teil a f riend at -ix o'cloek that he had paid seventy-tive cents for cuabloned seats In the I trraïid stand, and that Mr. Somebody's


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