Religion: Indians' Friends

Hardly more than a generation ago, U. S. churches still had a stirring sense of the U. S. frontier. Much of their consecrated vigor derived from their missionary work among U. S. Indians. Today the welfare of the nation's 337,000 red men lies less with the churches than with the Government, particularly with Secretary of the Interior Ickes and zealous Indian Commissioner John Collier. Last week in Atlantic City, missionary chagrin over this state of affairs spilled over. At a Conference of Friends of the Indian—representing two secular Indian associations and Indian mission workers of 28 Protestant churches—a report cited...

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