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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part I
([1904])

Reports concerning Indians in California,   pp. 155-173 PDF (9.7 MB)


Page 155

REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN CALIFORNIA. 
circumstances will allow, and we hope that before the close of the fiscal
year 1905 to 
be housed in a plant where teacher and all can do the very best of work,
which, of 
course, under present conditions, is-an impossibility. 
The work in the various departments of the school, with a few exceptions,
has been 
carried on by the employees in charge as well as could be expected. 
The enrollment for the year was 150, with an average attendance of 117 for
theentire 
year. 
Health.-The health of the pupils was fairly good, although we lost one little
boy, 
making the second one that has died during the entire history of the school.
Farm and orchards.-The orchards and gardens have been much improved during
the year, and we trust that by another year we will have them up to the standard;
the late frosts, however, killed nearly all of our fruit. The farm also shows
a vast 
improvement over last year. 
Reservation.-The reservation shows a steady improvement, the rains during
July, 
August, and September of last year and during July and thus far during August
this 
year have greatly improved the grass on the reservation, and the present
outlook for 
fall and winter pasturage is very flattering indeed, as compared with the
past seven 
years. The Indians have a much larger acreage of corn this year than they
have ha4 
any year for the past seven and the corn and other crops look fine. 
Progress.-These Indians, both Navaho and Hopi, are making as rapid progress
toward civilized habits as their means will admit. 
Traders.-There are four trading posts on this reservation; two of them are
owned 
and operated by Babbitt Bros. & Preston, and the other two are owned
and operated 
by C. H. Algert. These men are gentlemen, and I am confident that they are
endeavoring to comply with the spirit of the law governing their business.
Needs of the school.-On the completion of the plant now under construction
the 
school will be well equipped for the accommodation of 100 pupils. 
Needs of the Indians.-These Indians need to be encouraged by furnishing them
with work, that they may be able to provide themselves with farming implements
and household utensils. 
Employees.-The employees have on the whole been efficient, and I wish to
express 
my appreciation of their willingness to assist in whatever they were called
upon to 
do, and their patience in putting up with the miserable quarters with which
they 
have been and are still provided. 
Official visits.-During the year we were visited twice by Mr. Frank Mead,
general 
supervisor of Indian reservations, and by Capt. Thomas Downs, special Indian
agent; Inspector Chubbuck, Inspector McLaughlin, and Supervisor Dickson,
all of 
whom cheered us in our efforts here and gave us many valuable ideas in regard
to 
the management of our work. 
In conclusion, I beg to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for all
the kind- 
ness and courtesy shown to me by you and your Office and the kind support
given 
me by you in my efforts to advance the Indians under my charge. 
Very respectfully,                         MioN J. NEEDHAM, 
A             Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent. 
The COMMIsSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN CALIFORNIA. 
REPORT OF FARMER IN CHARGE OF DIGGER INDIANS. 
JACKSON, CAL., August 3, 1904. 
SIR: I have the honor herewith to submit my annual report, with statistics
of Dig- 
ger Indian Reservation, of which I am in charge, for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 
1904: 
Total population (males, 11; females, 23)---------_-------------34 
Males above18 years of age..-----------------------------------6 
Females above 14 years of age ----------------------------12 
School children between 6 and 16:------------------------------.10 
Death during the year (of pneumonia).--------------------------1 
The health of the Indians has been very good. There have been no births and
no marriages. 
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