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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1892
([1892])

Report of agent in Minnesota,   pp. 275-279 PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 275

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I   n  -everc                            ilegardtoattendancen hav e  e n
f rced wi th e 
Ineeyway favumrble results.,      0h:o6n1        a   nr rpdiprvmnI 
-Aud-Out of the  achool-rom than heretorfie tthave- really been betteZ conten~ted
thau te 
were whemallawed to-go and come irregularly- Most of the Indian parents a~re
begnni y-t 
rul r8lani J to edan nt r an  dthe advancement of their children, and either
the 
re                                      have been seriously_ obj cted to
except by o 
squaw-n3. who has given me considerable trouble in Various ways.        
   b  n; 
no case of serils sica  emlyes as been good during the entire year, there
having been - 
nkness. An epidemic of whooping cough in a mild form com ehn            
 boe 
three weeks ago; but asyet none have suffered seriously with it r-seem lk
menced about 
In the schoolroom excellent progress, I think has been made.y tI do so. 
**   In making Progress have gral..ir ..   .     ee made. Intres 
S         rgre   he greatly increased. As Illustrating this I may be allowed
to mention, 
-that my most advanced class in arithmetic since ommencing the subject- of
common fractio n 
a-few weeks ago, has been so interested in it that most of the cls  e  commonfractil
nt 
much of their leisure time out of recitation  nd study hours in getting extra
lessons. And 
these are pupils who had not mastered the first three rules of arithmetic
a year and a ha 
and-whom for a while, it was nearly impossile to interest in anything. The
younger PUls 
have, however, with a few exceptions, made-the most rapid advancement. Il
haen   be 
able to grade accuately-to get each pupil into classes exclusivelyion g ae
o  m ea- 
to adhere strictly-to the official course of study, but have done ybioth
a  one grade, I mdn-ndH 
I ng had an average attendance of nearl fity         one ,_  both v  ~  as
nearly as I  d.  * av 
inghadan verge ttndace f narl fitypupils (of all grades), and having hiad
to crowd- 
-them Into a schoolroom designed for only about half that number, and to
teach them without 
assstance, I have found that I could not make a programme, quite as elaborate
as that con- 
templated by the course of study and still give an effective amount of attention
to, each class. 
As a new school building and an additional teacher are now promised In time
for next Years 
work, these difficulties are, however, practfcally matters of the past. 
I    n   - 
Special attention has been given to music, and with very favorable results.
-A little news- 
padr recently established and edited by two p tils appointedeach week hasaso
b  ened 
a n n  tu r n e d   t o   a c c o u n t  in   la n g u a g e   w o r k .
-         . . . . v   e e   a   l o b e 
Industrial Work is asslgped systematically by the superintendent and the
matron and care- 
ful attention is given to it by all the employe. The laer boys assist the
farmer and indu- 
_trial teacher in every branch of hiswork, anddosome of the heavier work
in the laundr  Tn'  - 
.ng this year they also prepared 55 cords of wood for the stoves. The smaller
boys do the lght 
chores bout the house and yard and help in the garden. 
- The girls are trained Ji all thedetails of housekeeping and in making.
andmendin clothing 
for themselves and te boys. There is almost no protest or complaint about
the work, andgI 
believe that it is atleast as willingly and as well done as it would be by
average white children 
of the same ages.                                                       
e children : 
Croquet, foot-ball, base-ball, etc., etc., have been provided and greatly,
enjoyed. Thanksgiv 
Ing, Chrlst.as Washington's birthday, Arbor D ray, and Easter Sunday wereappre
iatelp  - 
serve&  The Sunfdty-school has beenimproved by the use of helps and papers
kindly suppled- 
by the PresbyterIani Board of Education.ple                             
           7 
During the past season the farm and garden produced 600 bushels of corn,
150 bushels of0 o- 
*  tatoes, 45 bushels of turnips, 50 bushels of apples, 10 bushels of onions,
43 tons of hay som 
cabbage and melons, cucumbers for one barrel of Pickles, an abundance of
early ' egeal. , - 
and all the beef, pork and lard used by the schiol. This season a  larger
garden is receivi   - 
increased attention. it has for several weekspast spPlied an abundance-of
early vegete 
.- and Ifthe season proves favorable we expect tO put away enough Potatoes,
cabbage t i  ... 
-squash, dred corn, cucumber pickles, tomato catsups, etc., to liberally
Supplythe geho, turnin - 
I havelrieady mentioned that a newschool building and an ad-ditional teacher
(to be here in - 
time for next year's work) have been allowed. Additional to these the most
pressing needs of 
the school are a few milk cows, another team, and a new barn Of moderate
dimensions. The-- 
laundry and the school supplHes should also le removed from the dormitory
cellarandsa bath 
roomshould be provided. A part of these-things have been requested and allare
gatlynd 
but, good work can now be done with or without them.                    
  needed, 
In closing I desire to commend the work done by the other employ6s of the
school _ nd to 
thankyou for the unfailing interest in it you havp shown and the constant
assistanceyou have 
rendered me in conducting it. My acknowledgments are also due to J. W. Richards-
sor of this district, for much assistance received from him.           on,
supbr- 
Very respectfully, 
FRANK F AVERY,         - " 
.  J. A. SCOTr,                                Suerintendent and prncipal
teari,.. - 
United States Indian Agent. 
REPORT OF AGENT IN MINNESOTA 
REPORT OF WHITE EARTH AGENCY. 
WHIrE EARTH AGENCY, MINN., August 25, 1892. 
7- SIR: In compliance with instructions contained in cir eular letter of
June 23, 
1892, 1 have the honor to submit herewith My fourth and last annual re prt
of          X 
the condition of affairs at this agency, with the accompanying statistics
for the     - 
'fiscal year ending June 30, 1892. 
Agriculture -Since my taking char-ge of this agency there has been consider
      ; 
able progress made by the Indians--in the way of imrovin      an inrain.
      h 
:siz of their farms and in building houses, barns,_P ei and        reisifo
  thelves ! 
~and stock. Yet their progress han not~ beensuchasitheul have been or What
. 
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