The American Indian in the World War. NATIVE AMERICANS WORLD WAR I, PATERNALISM.

The American Indian in the World War

[Washington]: Department of the Interior, 1927.

Office of Indian Affairs Bulletin 15. 4 pp, self wrappers. Fine copy.

Contains brief accounts of acts of heroism and bravery by some of the 12,000 Native Americans who served in World War I. In addition, the author notes, "not only did the Indian boys do their full duty during the World War, but the World War had its own effect on the Indians." An Indian school superintendent in California writes that "I have found that the Indian young man was greatly bettered through his work in the Army." A report "from an Oklahoma reservation" puts it more bluntly: "One Cheyenne, typical, no-account, reservation Indian with long hair went to France, was wounded, gassed, and shell-shocked. Was returned, honorably discharged. He reported to the agency office square shouldered, level-eyed, courteous, self-reliant, and talked intelligently. A wonderful transformation, and caused by contact with the outside world. He is at work."

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