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The Church Redeeming the Red Man
HE gospel for
every race could
not well leave uncompleted the Godgiven task of Christianizing the native Americans. This is not a vanishing race, but a sturdy, gradually increasing stock. To evangelize some forty tribes unreached, to aid in providing schools for 9,000
children with no educaRev. Thomas C. tional provision, to nurMoffett, D.D.
ture in the faith 17,000 Presbyterian Indians now in the ranks, to inform the Church and to challenge its sympathy and faith for the conversion of the Red Man to Christianity, is present duty.
With fifty thousand of these descendants of the native Americans unevangelized and unprovided with the ministry of the Christian faith, how can this Department be other than active and zealous in the task incumbent upon the Church? With nine thousand children deprived of all school privileges, governmental or missionary, how can we be indifferent to the accomplishing of a larger educational work? With the heroic ministries, and the fascinating history of Presbyterian Indian missions of the past, how can any Church be more intent than ours, upon accomplishing the uncompleted enterprise? From David Brainerd, Marcus Whitman, and H. H. Spaulding, the Sergeants, the Williamsons, the McBeth sisters, a Charles H. Cook, a James Hayes, a John Eastman, through the line of Presbyterian missionaries Naboring for this race, we trace the devoted and fruitful laborers for over fifty tribes in the United States, not including Alaska. Today there are 118 men under commission of our Board, and in addition about fifty school workers are carrying forward the educational work of the Woman's Board.
The entrance of new fields, the improved organization and better equipment of the Indian Missions, the stimulating of fresh interest and of newer methods have been ac
complished in some measure. Interdenominational recognition and cooperation have been newly realized. Eighteen evangelical mission boards are engaged in efforts for the Indians. United action has been agreed upon through the Home Missions Council, practical comity in the division of fields, the sharing in conventions and other interdenominational plans have been approved.
An enlargement of the number and the capacity of Indian mission schools is urgently called for. In industrial lines of education, a sphere of great opportunity for the uplift of the Indians is to be found. The efforts of the mission societies in this respect are very limited, but are successful where undertaken with adequate appropriations. The organization of additional Sabbath schools is called for. About one third of the Indian congregations have no Sabbath schools for the children. The supply of illustrated literature of a simple character adapted for use among Indian children is a need unsupplied as yet. The past year has marked an advance in the number of missionaries on the field, the reaching out for wholly neglected tribes, and the winning of pagans to the Christian faith where heathen rites and the medicine men have held sway for generations.
The service of the isolated and trying Indian fields requires grit and grace. Men of faith and fidelity are they who labor in them. A grateful church is appreciating anew today their sacrifice and devotion. Who will equip this enterprise? This whole undertaking needs to be placed upon a statesmanlike basis. One who has labored twenty years among the Indian missions when asked “Does Indian mission work pay?" replied confidently, "Nothing pays better.” A gift today counts many fold. The Indians are principally on reservations. Later they will be scattered. The door of opportunity is wide open now.
Wanted! More volunteers for service on the firing line; more sons of the native Americans to give themselves for their raceministers, teachers, helpers, traders, Christian men in service of Church and state. Wanted! -friends of the Indian in increasing number to aid this cause !
The Indians Supplementary Bibliography
Religious spirit of the Indian .H. B. Alexander
Open Court 24:45, 74, Ja, F '10. Across the Navajo desert
Dillon Wallace Rescuing a people by an irrigating ditch, Owen Wilson Outing 57:406, Ja '11.
World's Work 22:14815, '11.
.N. A. Miles
Cosmopol 51:105, Je '11. Apostle to the Sioux; Bishop Hare of South Dak., Senator Gore's strange tribe story .C. E. Russell
M. A. D. Howe
Cosmopol 50:151, Ja '11. Atlan 08:359, s’I.
M. L. Oliver Battle of the Washita
.S. I. de Krafft
Nat Geog M 22:107, F ’11. Harp W 55:24, Mr 11, '11.
. Mary Austin Blackfeet of Montana,
No Am 194:239, Ag ’11.
Soul of the Indian (Book review) ...C. A. Eastman Chautauqua lake in the revolution ......
Nation 92:531, My 25, 'u.
Sun dance of the Blackfeet ......Calvin McQuesten Chippewa music,
Canad M 37:403, S'u. Harp W 55:21, Ja 14, '11.
Tribute to the first American .Beverley Buchanan Chippewa music (review of book by F. Densmore)
World To-Day 20:25, Ja '11. Nature 87:97, Jl 20, '11.
Typical groups of American aborigines,...R. 1. Geare Dawn of architecture; evolution of the human dwell
Sci Am 104:89, Ja 28, 'u. ing
J. L. Cowan
Valley of the bubbling earth; a legend of Coso Sci Am S 72:152, S 2, 'ul.
.A. H. Martin Despoiled people
.A. W. Dimock
Overland n.s. 57:419, Ap '11. Outl 97:201, Ja 28, '11.
Wilderness trail (book review)........C. A. Hanna Faith and moral code of the red man,
14, '11. Cur Lit 51:62, JI ’11.
Will of the Lake Spirit (legend) .....A. H. Martin First American ruins in Arizona,
Overland n. s. 57:167, F'il.
Wonderful Indian shorthand writers of British Harper 122:451, F '11.
..L. E. Zeh Government factories; an attempt to control compe
Overland n.s. 57:398, Ap '11. tition in the fur trade ..Catharine Coman Am Econ Assn Bul 4 th, Ser 1:368, Ap '11.
Books. Growing up
Arrow maker (drama) 1911
. Mary Austin Health problems of the Indians
Education of the Indian, 1911 .W. N. Harlmann Ann Am Acad 37:347, Mr 'u.
Am Bk Co. Indian and the moral code
.C. A. Eastman Outl 97:30, Ja 7, ’11.
Ephraim Douglas and his times, 1910..C. M. Burton
A. H. Abel
.C. H. L. Johnston Am Hist R 15:281, Ja '10.
Indian and his problem, 1910
.F. A. Leupe
Scrib. Intermarriage with whites
.Bailey Millard Everybody's 22:369, Mr '10.
Federal government and the liquor traffic, 1911,
W. E. Johnson Karl Moon's Indian photographs .Ward Jerome
Am. Issue Pub.
Gijigong ababikaigan (prayerbook in Chippewa lan.
guage, 1911, Harp W 55:23, Ap. 29, ’11.
Herder. Languages of the American Indians ..A. L. Kroeber
Handbook of American Indian language, 1911, Pop Sci 78:500, My '11.
Frans Boas Mohonk arbitration conference,
Supt. of Docs.
Handbook of American Indians north of Mexico, Moral Citadel (Mohonk conference)
.....F. W. Hodge, ed. Outl 97:667, Mr 25, '11.
Supt. of Docs.
..N. A. Miles
M. F. Nixon-Roulet
Am Bk Co. New religion among the west coast Indians, S. E. Ober
Indian book, 1911
.W. J. Hopkins
Haskell Inst. Pub. Overland n.s. 57:643, Je '11.
Indian tribes of the Mississippi valley, 1911,
J. R. Swanton
Supt. of Docs.
.G. B. Grinnell
Duffield. Patrick Brice and the Nez Perce Indians,
Kansas in the sixties, 1911
..S. J. Crawford Č. S. Moody
McClurg. 81:783, Mr 'u.
Languages of the coast of California north of San Pictures in stone by ancient Indians,
.A. L. Kroeber St Nic 38:1132, O '11.
Univ. of Cal. Primitive man on his own origin Eduard Clodd
Little journeys to some strange places and peoples in Quar 215:97, JI ’11.
southwestern land (New Mexico and Prisoners of war for thirty years,
...G. W. James Outl 99:555, N 4, 'ui.
Flanagan. Red Anglo-Saxons,
My friend the Indian, 1910 .James McLaughlin
..C. A. Eastman
.C. A. Hanna