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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I

Reports concerning Indians in New Mexico,   pp. 260-277 PDF (8.8 MB)

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the reserve, if only for one night. The fact that the eastern boundary line
not marked, and the monuments (if any were ever set along this line) are
difficult to find, has been the cause of considerable uncertainty as to just
the sheep were on the reserve. There should be a survey made of the eastern
boundary and marked monuments set up at such places as to be easily found
when a difference of opinion make it desirable to have a permanent and unmov-
able Witness to the boundary of the reservation. 
The roads on the reservation are generally in good repair and during the
greater part of the year are in splendid condition. The bridges in the vicinity
of the agency are being rebuilt this season, which will make them serviceable
for many years. 
The grounds about the agency have had special attention the past year. The
lawn, which was seeded last year, has made a fine growth and now there is
splendid mat of bluegrass in front of the agency row. The old barbed-wire
fence, which protected this lawn from the roaming bands of quadrupeds, is
soon to be replaced with a nice one of woven wire, supported by dressed posts.
The residence of the superintendent and clerk and the office, which have
so many years worn coats of red, have had a change in the color of. their
The old water tank, which has stood unused in front of the office for a number
of years, has been torn down and removed from the grounds. The tank house
was removed to a convenient location and converted into an oil house, which
much needed. The old dilapidated wagon shed is to be torn down and a modern
one erected in its stead. The new one will have a new location, as it is
policy to remove all outbuildings to the rear of the residences. 
Schools.-The attendance for the nine months school was in session aver- 
aged 75, being about the same as last year. The instruction in all departments
was good, and the pupils made the usual advancement during the year. 
An epidemic of grippe attacked the pupils during December, but vigilance
the part of the physician and matrons prevented any fatalities. With this
ception the health of the pupils was good. Two boys who showed a disposition
toward tuberculosis were sent home. 
The water system was put in good condition during the early spring by re-
placing the riveted steel main with 4-inch wrought-iron pipe, which gives
ample protection against fires. The quality of water supplied for domestic
poses is of the best and is ample for the needs of the school and agency.
The cattle belonging to the school are doing well, and the size of the herd
gradually increasing, besides furnishing a good supply of milk and butter
table use. The chickens have supplied a considerable quantity of eggs and
nished the fowls necessary for a few special dinners for the pupils. 
The farm has yielded a good crop of hay, about 75 tons being now in the 
stack. No general garden was planted this yeai, but small gardens around
school have furnished experimental work along that line. There were also
window boxes and house plants in the girls' department and class rooms, which
were much enjoyed by the pupils as well as the employees. 
The band was in good condition at the close of school and will be reorganized
the present year. A new piano furnished this year is much appreciated. 
Stone curbings were set for walks connecting all of the school buildings,
which when filled with gravel will add to the comfort as well as to the appear-
ance of tho place. The buildings are receiving a fresh coat of paint, and
grounds are being given special attention. 
The employees have worked willingly for the general good of the institution,
and to them is due the progress made both in school and agency work. The
school has not had the benefit of advice from an inspecting official this
year, as 
none has visited us. 
HORTON H. MILLER, Superintendent. 
ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX., August 7, 1905. 
The Albuquerque Indian school is located 2J miles north and west of Albu-
querque, N. Mex. 
The farm consists of 66 acres. It is poor agricultural land, being impregnated
with alkali. Only a small portion of it at the present time will produce

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