From the October 1969 magazine.

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Problem for New Choctaw Law

PHILADELPHIA, Miss.--After 139 years of submission to the state laws of Mississippi, the Choctaws have established their own law and order. . . .

"The Choctaws are pretty law-abiding," Mr. Johnson [special agent from Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs] said. "Major crimes are infrequent.

"And the drinking problem is different," he continued. "Up in Minnesota, the Chippewas had more money and drank wine. The Choctaws have little money and drink the cheapest things.

"They take antiseptic mouthwash and mix it with Coke. They drink shaving lotion. They even strain the...

-- Homer Bigart