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Letters and documents about Hopis and the Selective Service, 1943-1953.

Northern Arizona University. Cline Library.
  • Hopi Indians--Government Relations
  • Pacifism--Moral And Ethical Aspects
  • Draft Registration--United States
  • Hopi Indians--Social Life And Customs
  • Hopi Indians--Religion
  • Correspondence
  • United States. Bureau Of Indian Affairs
  • United States. Selective Service System
  • Hopi Indian Reservation (Ariz.)
  • Hotevilla (Ariz.)
  • Oraibi (Ariz.)
  • Political Science


Record level- Letters and an article from the World Interpreter addressing the Hopi way of life and the Selective Services. The first item is Thomas Jenkins' statement to a judge at the time of receiving his second prison sentence, 1944. Jenkins discusses the Hopi government which has been established long before America was discovered, as well as the Hopi desire to keep their way of life and land free from foreign elements. The second item is an article entitled "Hopi Indians Demand Own Way of Life" as it appeared in the World Interpreter in 1953. The article addresses the Hopi traditional way of life and the Hopi unwillingness to follow the white man's ways. The third item is a letter to Maj. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director of the U.S. Selective Services from Chief Dan Katchgonva. The letter discusses the Hopi religious objection to war and violence, and that the Hopi traditional way of life has been disregarded without consent by drafting Hopi men. Katchgonva requests a visit from Hershey to discuss the fundamental principles of life so they can find an understanding.

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