Famous Indians: A Collection of Short Biographies by Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Needing proof that Mahone was ‘‘guilty of violating the law against interfering with the duties of a Superintendent of an Indian reservation,’’ he pleaded with the BIA to send a ‘‘Secret Service representative, or some other Officer’’ to spy on him. ’’≥∫ Despite Burke’s dismissal of the Hualapais’ initial complaints, the fight got his attention, and he dispatched an inspector to the reservation. Traveling auditor L. E. Murphy, charged with looking into the cattle sales but not the more general unrest, arrived on the reservation in mid-February 1922.

S. ∞∏ In California, his life went in a new direction. A version of his vision, the Redmen Self Depentendent of America, had come to life. He discovered the Mission Indian Federation (MIF). The MIF, a radical group founded in Riverside in 1919, demanded Indian self-government, pressed for land claims legislation, called for the abolition of the BIA, and generally lobbied for sovereignty. The MIF quickly gained influ- The Hualapai Awakening 23 ence in southern California, and by the summer of 1921 the BIA feared that most Mission Indians were solid supporters.

Light was losing control. Needing proof that Mahone was ‘‘guilty of violating the law against interfering with the duties of a Superintendent of an Indian reservation,’’ he pleaded with the BIA to send a ‘‘Secret Service representative, or some other Officer’’ to spy on him. ’’≥∫ Despite Burke’s dismissal of the Hualapais’ initial complaints, the fight got his attention, and he dispatched an inspector to the reservation. Traveling auditor L. E. Murphy, charged with looking into the cattle sales but not the more general unrest, arrived on the reservation in mid-February 1922.

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