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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 Kansas,   pp. 269-275 PDF (3.9 MB)


Page 274

274                REPORT.OF AGENT IN KANSAS. 
which can be made the means of establishing better discipline and securing
greater attention to study. 
A new schoolhouse is now being erected at the Iowa and Sac and Fox of Mis-
souri school, at which there is a commodious dormitory. During the past year
the dormitory was painted thoroughly, 500 feet of sidewalks were built, a
sys- 
tern of water works-for which there was urgent need-was established, and
sev- 
eral sheds for stock of various kinds was built from other dilapidated buildings.
The attendance at this school up to October last was not satisfactory, and
at that 
date I visited nearly every family in both the Iowa and Sac and Fox of Missouri
tribes, and informed them that it must be increased or their annuities would
be 
withheld. This had the desired effect, and the attendance has since been
about 
what it should be. I also insisted that the children should remain at the
school 
during Saturday and Sunday, instead of returning to their homes, as had been
the custom for years previously, and this change also aided in holding the
in- 
creased attendance. 
No improvements whatever were made at Kickapoo school, yet for the number
of children of school age on the reservation the average attendance was good
and the supplies and stock were well cared for. Good crops are now growing
on 
the school farm, and considerable sales of cattle were made both this year
and 
last from the school herd. In connection with this matter it is only just
to say 
that during the service of Mr. D. Van Valkenburg as superintendent and prin-
cipal teacher the school surroundings and the farm had a neat and businesslike
appearance and that he was influential in the proper control of the Indians.
The superintendent and principal teachers of the Pottawatomie and Kickapoo
schools resigned June 30 last, and have made no reports of the schools. Report
for Iowa and Fox of Missouri school is herewith submitted. 
I shall continue to foster and advance the educational interests of the In-
dians in every direction in which I am permitted to act. Under existing reg-
ulations my legitimate duties seemed confined to erecting buildings, making
im- 
provements, disbursing for indebtedness thus incurred, keeping the schools
full 
as far as possible, and protecting the school property, of course, for all
of which 
I am under bond. The fact that all appointments of school employes are practi-
cally taken out of my hands will affect my interest in the work to no degree,
and 
I sincerely desire that the system may prove entirely successful. 
The location of the five reservations in the agency on widely separated tracts
brings the Indians naturally in contact with a large number of white people,
with many of whom they have business relations about which there is frequently
misunderstanding, which greatly increases my work. The acceptance of allot-
ments by a large proportion of people in the agency naturally creates new
inter- 
ests and factions, all of which must be protected and satisfied. 
With constantly increasing work the force of agency employe's remains the
same, and this, to accomplish the work, all must not only understand their
duties, but have the inclination and principle to properly perform them.
This 
has not been the case for the greater part of this year, and I regret to
say that 
I have been hampered and antagonized by several employ's who have lately
been 
discharged, by your order. I have been courteously treated by the Department,
and allowed all the funds and supplies required for both agency and school
pur- 
poses. 
Herewith forwarded please find statistical information (agency and school)
asked for in your circular. 
Very respectfully, 
J. A. SCOTT, 
United States Indian Agent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF IOWA AND SAC AND Fox OF MISSOURI 
BOARDING SCHOOL. 
POTTAWATOMIE AND GREAT NEMAHA AGENcY, 
White Cloud, Kans., June 30, 1892. 
SIm: Please allow me to respectfully submit the following as my annual report
concerning 
this school for the fiscal year now closing: 
The condition of the plant here has been greatly improved during the year.
The dormitory 
~has been extensively repaired and painted. Several hundred feet of walks
have been built, 
-        also a corn crib, sheds for the cattle, and about one hundred and
sixty rods of fence. A wind- 
mill has been erected and a system of waterworks put in. All these improvements
were irn- 
*       lperatively needed and have greatly bettered the general condition
of the school 


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