U. S. May Revive Iroquois Plan of Confederacy


April 27, 1928-Originally printed in Press and Sun-Bulletin.

The Senate committee Investigating Indian affairs with the Idea of reorganizing the Indian Bureau is giving attention to the plan under consideration for several years by the Iroquois, or Six Nations, reviving the ancient tribal confederacy to meet modern conditions, says the Buffalo News. 

It may be that the plan, in some measure, will be applied to the Indians who are wards of the government. However, the Iroquois are not under Federal control.

Ths plan of the Iroquois is to create a fund of 1,000,000 million dollars to develop Industries and establish schools, and eventually a university. The sponsors of the project intend to begin the ambitious undertaking at Onondaga, N. Y., where a model village will be set up. 

There are today some 15.000 members of the Six Nations Senecas, Oneidas. Mohawks, Onondaga,  Cayugas and  Tuscaroras, about 6,000 are In New York, state and the remainder in Canada. 

In the days before and during the American Revolution, the Iroquois were efficiently self-governing. The “Long House” was their seat of government. The possibility that their old spirit and fundamental solidarity may be applied Industrially, educationally and otherwise to raise them again to the high estate is engaging. 

They have the right within limits that do not conflict with the order the white men have established in this land. The ‘ Indian bureau should be taken out of politics. There are black spots on this country’s record with regard to the red men, attributable to the political management of Indian affairs. 

Most of the Indians now are citizens. They should be placed in a position to help themselves to stand on their own feet.