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terested in an allotted Indian's lands or problems. That is not fair. We don't want to have control of the young, educated Indians, but we want to be represented and be given equal representation in the council affairs and before the Indian bureau and Congress. We Can't do it under the present system whish is legal but is not fair. Now I live on a farm. Suppose somebody quits farming, leases the farm and goes away somewhere, and then tells how that farm should be carried on. It is just as fair as that the younger and disinterested Indians rule the tribes. I think it is very much the same in other tribes in other states. I have been talking for a number of years. Some of you will understand what I mean. 

It will not be long before the old Indian will be out of sight. I wish to ask you young and educated Indians to consider this resolution carefully for the older Indians' benefits. The Indian Bureau should be retained for the protected of the aged and allotted land owners. At least for a while, because the old man standing before you will, before long, pass on to follow my fathers, your fathers, and your mothers to that Happy Hunting Ground in the realms of the mysterious hereafter. I thank you. 

All of the delegates present stood and applauded after Mr. Attocknie finished speaking. 

Resolution No. 14: Resolution No. 13 was then put to a vote and was passed unanimously. The Committee had no more resolutions to present. 

The Chairman of the Convention asked if any of the Indians had any other resolutions they wished to present at this time. 

Mr. McNickle suggested that a resolution be presented recommending that our Convention send greetings to the Alaska Native Brotherhood which convened at Kake, Alaska on November 15 and that we offer our aid and support to the Alaska Native Brotherhood in any program they might adopt for the protection of their rights and the development of their welfare. The motion was seconded and the resolution was adopted unanimously by the delegates present. 

MR. DWIGHT: Mr. Short, I shall be glad to entertain your motion at this time if you wish to state it.  

Mr. SHORT: This motion or the idea, I had in mind, presenting this motion along the lines of what Mr. Attocknie just talked about. My people I represent, like myself, we want to get out from under this blanket. I find that since coming here we are all Indians, and one of the shortcomings is that they do no value, or do not realize the value of our lands. In Oklahoma, we have our allottments, and we want to help our full-bloods. We want to work to their advantage and work for the things that will come to help them. For the reason that they do no know the value of land, they want these restrictions to be continued on their land and I think they are smart in that effect. This motion is to bring, in other words to get the dead wood out of this administration of Indian Affairs, and bring it

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