Theodore Roosevelt and six friends of the Indian by William T. Hagan

By William T. Hagan

Theodore Roosevelt and 6 acquaintances of the Indian [May 01, 2002] Hagan, William T.

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When Roosevelt's aid was sought to keep the Lower Brule Sioux on their own reservation, it again was an instance of the friends' willingness to do battle to keep Indians in place in order to facilitate their transformation into farmers and stockmen. Many of the Lower Brule, however, were prepared to acceed to the wishes of whites desiring their reservationif they were permitted to move to the nearby Rosebud Reservation of the Upper Brule. 71 Roosevelt's immediate response was that he would try to see Dawes "about the new atrocity of Bro.

At stake was access by Colorado settlers to the Ute reservation of over one million acres. Even though the overwhelming majority of Utes themselves wished to move to Utah in the hope that there they could continue a hunting and gathering existence, friends of the Indian insisted that they should be allotted Colorado land that could be irrigated. The IRA led the fight, supported by the Women's National Indian Association and the Lake Mohonk Conference. Even Indian Commissioner Morgan urged Secretary Noble to hold fast against the Coloradans' demands.

Like Roosevelt, Welsh was prominent in the civil service movement; unlike Roosevelt, he chose to operate from outside the party system, being a classic Mugwump, a type that Roosevelt derided as impractical theorists, mere critics as opposed to doers like himself. Nevertheless, Roosevelt was willing to work with the Mugwumps to advance the goal of good government. " 26 And that meant recruiting and retaining personnel for the Indian Service on the basis of merit. While still new to the Civil Service Commission, Roosevelt received the first of what would be hundreds of communications from Welsh.

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