Leupp Superintendent Annual Reports, 1915


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NARRATIVE. Section II---- Health. 1- 8. The general health conditions are very good in the school having the constant and energetic attention of the Physician, And there have been no opidemics since I took charge. 3. Nature takes good care of the sanitary conditions on the reser vation by providing a dry climate and immense quantities of sand. The Band in conjunction with the violent wind storms leave8 11ttlo chance for gorms to survive unlo88 protected by human habitations. The Navajo hogan is 11ttle more than a wind break, and the Navajo 11ves practically in the open air. 3a. It is not seen how under conditions that compel the Navajo to move constantly to find forage and water for his stock, how he can change his dwellings. His income too precludes the possibility, except in rare cases, of his building an expensive house. A very poor 1iving is the most that the majority of the Navajo can expect. I am of opinion that the average Government employe receives a greater income from salary than the average Navajo family by a bout double. Sb. It has been recommended that the hospital here be enlarged. There is little room in the present one and it is only sufficient for the needs of the school and school children. 3c. Those of the advlt Indians on the reservation away from the agency know that they will be taken care of here, but few come owing to the great distances they live from here. The Physician can only make rare visits to the distant Indians. 3d, without a material increase in the medical force any enlarged facilities would have to be located here in reach of the Physician an and Nurse, and tent hospitals would no doubt be beneficial, 30. There are no influences operating against the usefulness of the hospital here. I have been heretoo short a time to make a general resume of the medical work. Here there has been excellent work done as is evidenced by the fine condition of the children. Away from here among the adults and Indians scattered out of reach of the Physician the Medicine Man does what he can. And the Indians know very well the difference between a Medicine Man and a Witch Doctor. There are many useful practices and simples the Indians have learned from necessity. 545a. A very considerable corps of medical workers could be kept busy on the scattered Indians were they provided with transportation and facilities for field work. This is true of every reservation I have had experience with. But it would costa great deal and the Indians would frequently refuse help.

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