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Title Report on an Indian Field Service project to provide Indians in Arizona with jobs: Washington, D.C., to George Vaux, Jr.: typescript, 1923 Nov. 6
Author McDowell, Malcolm
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Report, dated Nov. 6, 1923 in Washington, D.C., to George Vaux, chairman of the Board of Indian Commissioners, from Malcolm McDowell, a member of the Board, containing his observations on and recommendations for the Indian Field Service campaign to provide the Indians of Arizona with agricultural and industrial jobs. McDowell travelled to Arizona between Oct. 5-13, 1923 to observe a Field Service project which offers jobs to the Indians picking cotton in the Salt River Valley. Community and government groups such as the Arizona Cotton Growers Association, the Salt River Valley Water Users Association, the Arizona State Farm Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads are cooperating with the Indians to transport them in passenger trucks from the reservation to the cotton fields. In addition to the Pima and Papago Indians who live nearby, the cotton growers now employ Navajo, Hopi, and Apache Indians who can take advantage of the cheap transportation offered by the Field Service program. Hopefully, the steady demand in the area for about 6,000 agricultural and industrial workers would mean steady jobs for the Indians, many of whom have indicated that they would not return to the reservation; and would eventually result in the replacement of Mexicans as the main source of seasonal labor. McDowell notes that seven years earlier, Edward Ayer of Chicago, a former Indian Commissioner, predicted the importance of Indian labor for the economic development of the area.
Names Ayer, Edward Everett (1841-1927); Dagenett, Charles
Places Salt River Valley, Arizona, Washington, D.C., United States
Keywords employment, agriculture, Bureau of Indian Affairs, government, government relations, reservation, economy, business, commissioner
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Southwest
Additional Information Caption title: "Indian employment in Arizona, by Malcolm McDowell."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 543
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue