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October 20, 1923


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Washington, D. C. Secretary of the Interior.

JAMA. 1923;81(16):1382. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650160055030

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[Note.  —The letter by Dr. Benson, and the one by Dr. J. H. Darey published last week, were referred in proof to Dr. Hubert Work, Secretary of the Interior, who replies:]

To the Editor:  —I have read with interest the communications in proof form entitled "Conditions in the Indian Medical Service," by Dr. Otis O. Benson of Floodwood, Minn., and by Dr. J. Herbert Darey of Sioux City, Iowa, and am pleased that the physicians are directing thought toward the activity of the government's dealing with human welfare.In staccato form, to insure brevity: There are approximately 340,000 Indians in the United States, an increase of 13,500 during the last ten years. Over 100,000 Indians have been removed entirely from the jurisdiction of the Interior Department, so far as their individual property rights may be concerned, but some of these Indians still retain an interest in undistributed tribal property.The

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