Representative J. A. M. Adair informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Robert G. Valentine that the conductor of the Carlisle Indian School band owes money to one of his constituents, W. G. Carey. Adair asks what jurisdiction the band is under and how to make sure that a payment is made. Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman informs Valentine that the school band is entirely under the jurisdiction of the government. Valentine advises Carey to write to the Department of the Interior.
In further correspondence, the Bureau of Indian Affairs blames Carlisle while Carlisle blames the Bureau for why Carey's bill is outstanding.