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

Reports of agents in Nevada,   pp. 319-328 PDF (5.0 MB)


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REPORTS OF AGENTS IN           NEVADA.                  319 
time their crops, which particularly needed their attenbiou at that time,
were neglected. On 
the 4th of August about a hundred Omkhas returned the visit and have begged
back most of 
the ponies. Dancing, drinking, Sab;ath- desecration, and the neglect of necessary
work are 
conuomitant evils. Such a visit leaves both parties badly demoralized and
wholly unfitted to 
perform tha common duties of life. 
The d&y school maintained here during the year was quite successful,
except in one particular. 
Itisfound to be almost impossible to induce the children to -attempt to speak
English, and 
consequently what little they do learn is practically useless to them. The
chief benefit an In- 
dian child receives in a day school is the discipline he daily receives.
The fact that he must 
be punctual and do certain things at set times has a great deal of influence
in molding right 
character in him. 
Mission work has been continued during the year with varying success. 
The Poncas occupy the finest of the land here, and if they could be induced
to labor some- 
what steadily and give up old habits they might soonbe very comfortable with
pleasant homes 
and abundant support. 
Yours respectfully, 
JOHN E. SMITH, 
Teacher. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF HOPE SCHOOL. 
HOPE SCHOOL, Springfield, S. Dak., August 15, 1892. 
Sm: During the past year our school work has gone quietly forward. The behavior
of the 
children has been exceptionally good, and they have shown a dispositlon to
obey the require- 
ments of their position to an unusual degree. As youmay have uoticed by our
reports, we have 
not had a single case of running away during the school year, a very gratifying-
circumstance 
to us. 
The health of the children has been very good on the whole, and we have had
no serious cases 
of sickless but one, that of Emma Canfield (Yankton, aged 8 years), who was
withdrawn from 
school by her father, February 23, on account of consumption. She died about
the middle of 
April at her home. She seems to have inherited the disease from her mother,
who died of it 
about two years ago. We also had two cases of sore eyes of a severe type.
One recovered; the 
other occurring about three weeks before the end of the year we allowed the
child, at the re- 
quest of her parents, to go home. I hear that she is improving. 
Our helpers have been very efficient and there were no changes in the force
of assistants 
during the year. We also expect all to return the coming year. 
Work-The girls of our school have, as heretofore, been instructed in all
arts neces- 
sary to a good housewife, in addition to their daily exercises in the school-room.
The boys 
have been taught, according as their ages and strength permitted, to work
at gardening, to 
care for the stock; have also been instructed in house painting and in using
ordinary tools, 
such as every farmer constantly makes use of. 
One of our three larger boys, Joseph Ross, aged 14-years, spent four hours
each afternoon in 
the office of the Springfield Times, learning the art of printing. The proprietor,
Mr. J. C. Young, 
reports that Joseph made excellent progress in his work. Another, James Firecloud,
spent his 
afternoons in the harness shop of Mr. Stephens, who also gives a good report
of the progress 
of the boy at his trade. The hours of work in both these cases were from
1 to 5:30p. m. of five 
days of each week. The third, George Vassor, had special charge of the stock.
Thanking you for the courtesies of the past year, I am, 
Yours, very respectfully, 
W. J. WICKS. 
JAMES E. HELMS, 
U.S . Indian Agent. 
REPORTS OF AGENTS IN NEVADA. 
REPORT OF NEVADA AGENCY. 
WADSWORTH, NEV., August 2 7, 1892. 
SIR: In accordance with instructions and requirements of your office, it
is 
with pleasure that I submit herewith my second annual report, for the fiscal
year 
ended June 30,1892. I feel that I can show progress in industries and education.
The reservations.-This agency consists f two reservations, viz, the Walker
River and the Pyramid Lake reserves. The Walker River Reserve is in Es- 
meralda County, Nev:, and, as shown by survey made by Eugene Monroe in 1865,
colitains 318,815 acres, including the Walker Lake, which is quite a large
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of water. The Pyramid Lake Reserve is located in Washoe County. Nev., and
                , 
contains 322,000 acres as per survey, and includes Pyramid Lake, whiich is
said 
to be 40 miles long by from 6 to 15 wide.    " 


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