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

Reports of agents in North Dakota,   pp. 350-370 PDF (11.5 MB)

Page 369

,REP(fRTS OF AGZTS 1W             ORMh 1AXO'tAi               3~ 
.... : --Instructon In singing was gulr1y  en     e aide Masn      icchas.-e
c-,  r  readily sing..hl most.popular and paWiote also play add motion songs,
Three boys 
-nd six girls rec6iyed instruction on -the orgwand couldaccmpanysomeofthe
sons of their 
In-.February' we undertook to select and form a had class of some-25 boys.
'Ty made 
covmmendable progress in mastering the rudiments of music, and took-great
11iterest in 
this,to them,new feature of school Ife. At the beginning of MayI bought,at
myown expense, 
a new set of brass instruments, including drums (18 in number), on whlcbtheyperformed-very
creditably at the close of the school year; so that they were also able to
go and redder several 
piece at the closing exercises of the Industrial boarding school at .the
ageicy, and acquitted 
themselves very well on some other occasions besides. 
Apart from the amusement and usefulness of a band for certain occasions at
anyschool, it 
affords a-good many other practical advantages at an Indian boarding-schoQ.
-Musical in- 
struction When thoroughly imparted, being also a good deal of a mathematical
nature, helps 
in training the rmind wonderfully, 9oftens 'the wild and savage disposition,
and; if liked and- 
loved, gives the boys occasion to spend a good many leisure hours in useful
-prCtic e, wich 
keeps them on the place and within the school premises, and prevents them
from idling away 
and uselessly wasting their free time. It gives them also a splendid occasion
ffr mar ching and 
other drill exercises, and is a great help to make them used to carrying
themselves well aid 
'isitors.-Dr. D. Dorchester, general superintendent of Indian schools; District:
Ansley and Parker, and United States Indian Inspector Cisney visited and
thoroughly inspected 
the school during the year, and the high praise and encouragement which each
of these gentle- 
men waspleased to give the school in pnblidaddresses to children and teachers
jusIfy us to 
believe that also their written reports to the Indian Bureau gave and btre
just testiony to the 
-same effect, and clearly proved that the duties-and respon sibilities testing
on'.the several em- 
ploy,6s Were not neglected in any department, and that the progress of th
_ pupils spoke forjhe 
ability and competency-of each of them. - We remember with pleasure-the vieits
of these gen- 
tlemen, the good sense and business-like way in which they performed their
official dity, the 
useful hints they were pleased to give, and, above all, the kind words of
encouragement they 
aldressedto workers who have sacrificed a good many of their best years in
the Indian-school 
service, which was commencedundermost unfavorable circumstances! These omployls
h ve 
had to-contend  ith various almost insurmountable difficulties, all the elements
being at -times 
against theim; some of them having to commence here when the two boarding-schools
of -this 
agency presented nothing else but a cluster of poor log huts, affording little
protection and 
shelter and were not inviting to anybody; and this at a time when the Indians
were still not in 
the best mood,-when every particle of desire for knowledge and higher life
and morality had 
to be instilled into them gradually in the smallest possible doses, as they
were able to digest' 
only the least possible quantity at a time, so- that every inch of progress
towards divilization 
meant months and years of hard work, of patient endurance, sprinkled sometimes
only very 
little with some few scattered sparks of hope for abetter future.- 'very
During these hard and trying times of the humble beginning of this civiliziug
work her 
nobody contended much for Indian-schod1 life and sckool positions, and our
pioneers were easily 
left alone with their wild charges. Nobody Seemed to care for them then,
nobody molested 
them much. Things did not look so desirable and inviting then as they might
now after the- 
first and hardest difficulties axe overcome and the ground pretty well cleared-
f its thorns and 
,thistles. A better future has finally come indeed, and the school has proved
to boa good object- 
lesson and a potent factor for civil and Christian, social and moral life,
and if it 1i maintained 
that in-civilizing savages we can not now, in this, our nineteenth century,
go at the slowrate 
and pace 'of the bygone centuries of our forefathers, we can certainly mauain
inour case that-in 
the shortest possible time, almost, it not allogether, the very best has
beea obtafined In the 
work cf civilization among our neighboring- Indians, old and! young, althoughi
these Sioux 
could be brought within the radius of its beneficial influence only at a
ratheir late hour of the 
IIt has always been our aim to make the pupils worthy members of society
andof the Ameri- 
can-.commonwealth in particular, so that they would be worthy citizens when
the time comes for 
them to be altogether absorbed in the white population of this country. 
Dr. DorChester was certainly fully aware-of this fact from his own crititcal-observations
ing the few days of his inspection here, when.he said on taking leave from
us: " I Was glad to 
find no sham work in your school as I, did sometimes in others, and was also
much gratified to- 
see your earnest endeavor in keepink everything on purely governmental lines."
In conclusion allow me, dear sir, to thailk you for all your courtesies and
favors extended 
and gervices rendered to teachers and pupils and your interest and kindness
of which we have 
been witnesses and the grateful recipients throughout the school year. 
Yours, very respectfully, 
JAB.MCLAGH~i,                                    Sgerintendent. 
U. B. Indian Agent. 
-     -  STANDING ROOK AGENCY, N. DAK., Aug. 24, 1892. 
Sm: I have the honor to submnit this, my first annual report of the Standing
Rock Industrial 
Boardiiig School. 
On taking charge of this school I found that nearly all the pupils-had been
dismissed at once. 
for vacation. Almost the entire school ferce-being newly appointed, the first
difficulty awiait- 
ing us was that of gaining the confidence of the pupils and their parents.
We were agreeably 
surprised on finding.this task a comparatively easy one. Pupils and parents
came to visit As 
during vacation, the former usually remaining with us for a few days at the
ly the end of Septembet our school was filled. It-is but just to acknowledge-that
result was largely due to the admirable 'tact which characterizes our agent,
Maj. McLaughlin, 
in all his lealings and gives evidence at the same time of-the high esteem
he commands among 
the most respectable and progressive Indamns on this reservation.  t'he very
best feeling has 
prevailed during the past year between agency and school employds, with an
apparent desire 
on the part of the former to aid and supplement t~he work of the latter.
Baijho buildings.-,The school buildings, delightfully located, are in good
condition except the: 
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