Thomas Sloan, attorney
Sloan, who entered Hampton at the age of 23, served on the Wigwam
Council, a governing council for the male students, and while at
school, was manager of Talks and Thoughts, Indian publication
at Hampton. Students "contributed all the material, edited and
printed it, and held themselves responsible for its finances."
After graduating valedictorian of his class in 1889, Sloan refused
to be "sent through" Yale Law School. Instead he chose to return
home to read law with
Hiram Chase, a graduate of the
Cincinnati Law School. Sloan believed a law education gained by his
own efforts made him a stronger individual. He went into law
practice with Chase under "Sloan & Chase, Attorneys-At-Law." In
1892, he was admitted to the Nebraska Bar. Specializing in cases
involving native people. Sloan had the honor of being the first
Indian Attorney to argue a case before the United States Supreme
Court in 1904.
On a national level, Sloan was an organizer of the Society of
American Indians in 1911 where he was joined by Leta Von Feldon
Meyers [not pictured] as secretary. This Society was the first of
its kind. Sloan was its first vice-president and later president as
well as a member of its executive council. The Society was consulted
by both commissioners and congress before legislation was drawn up
becoming a major influence for all Indian tribes.
He was elected to be a member of the Harding administration's
Committee of One Hundred to advise on Indian policy. This
committee's work resulted in the landmark 1928 Meriam Report which
provided the most comprehensive survey of federal Indian programs to
date and made important recommendations concerning the education of
Active in local politics, Sloan was elected mayor of Pender, NE in
1901 where he owned a flour mill. Sloan also was County Surveyor for
Thurston County for two terms and was appointed federal court
commissioner, and was twice elected a member of the village board of
trustees in Pender. In 1920 he was editor-in-chief of the
American Indian Magazine.
A Hampton Home
Over on the reservation
Is a happy little home,
And I wander in that direction
When I'm a lonesome
I tap upon the window glass
To a little boy within;
He quickly answers with a laugh,
Which welcomes me to come in.
Then in I go, we have such fun,
I take him on my knee,
And long before our play is done
I'm as happy as can be.
(By the lonesome student) May 1887