Letter from Indian Affairs Commissioner Charles Burke,
April 7, 1926

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REFER IN REPLY TO THE FOLLOWING:
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Address only the
Commissioner of Indian Affairs

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFARIS
WASHINGTON

Mr. Edward E. McKean,
Supt. Consolidated Ute Agency.

My dear Mr. McKean:

There has reached the Office an unsigned copy of a letter which the Office is informed has been sent to Indians on the Ute Mountain Reservation, soliciting membership in the “Native American Church” commonly known as the “Peyote Organization.”  In order that you may be informed in case the Indians under your jurisdiction make inquiries from you and that you may take any steps to discourage the use of peyote, a copy of this letter is being sent you.

The Office wishes no cause given for complaint of persecution on religious grounds, but wishes you to inform the Indians who make any inquiries concerning the harmful effects of using peyote.

Very truly yours,
Charles Burke
Commissioner.

 

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