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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1884

Report of Chilocco school,   pp. 209-211 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 209

REPORT OF CHILOCCO        SCHOOL.                  209 
employed as dining-room director, having 13 girls in charge who are detailed
one to a table. She in a very quiet and matronly manner teaches her girls
to place 
food upon the table in order and with neatness, to wash their dishes and
reset the 
table, sweeping and cleaning that portion of the dining-room they occupy,
and caring 
for the implements they use, teaching them to become housekeepers. 
Girls are also regularly detailed to care for the dormitories in their wing
of the school 
building, the sitting and other rooms, this detail being under the supervision
of the 
assistant matron. The boys, being in another wing of the building, care for
the rooms 
specially theirs. 
The laundry is in charge of a white woman, assisted by an Indian girl who
is from 
the Carlisle school. All the washing and ironing for the pupils is done at
the laun- 
dry, and six girls are detailed daily to assist in the work, 3 for the mornings
and 3 
for the afternoons, thus securing attendance at school half of each day,
as it is our 
design that labor and study shall move hand in hand. 
The same order of detail prevails in the seamstress or sewing room, a change
made each month in all, that each girl may become proficient in every department
labor. The small girls belonging to the primary department of the school,
only a short session in the school-room each half day, are sent on leaving
it tp the 
sewing room, where they are taught to hemstitch and darn, and are most of
very expert. All the mending for the school is done by the girls, also all
the making 
of the garments for the girls and some of the boys. The outer garments and
shirts for most of the boys are sent to us ready-made, but before issue they
are re- 
sewed to make strong and more durable. 
The school physician reports that the health of the pupils has been very
good since 
the opening of the school. There have been no acute diseases of a contagious
ure. Although two epidemics of measles have been in the town and some cases
close proximity, there have been no cases among the pupils. Two have died
from con. 
sumption, one at the school and the other after returning to his home at
the agency. 
The physician attributes the good health of the pupils to the strict sanitary
ures carried out. 
The most important part of this work is that of the teachers in the school-room,
educating the youth, and inasmuch as the opening of the school is of so recent
a date, 
and the necessity of first teaching the pupils the English language, not
only to un- 
derstand it but to use it in their converse with each other, there is but
little to re- 
port after so short a period-six months only, one month's vacation, leaving
months for tuition; and as the pupils attend school but half of each day,
the term of 
instruction is reduced to two and a half months. Therefore progress during
time, while marked and efncouraging, still finds the scholars, most of them,
in the 
primary methods of instruction, consisting of the objective study of language,
ing words, phrases, and sentences upon slates and blackboards, counting,
and reading numbers, drawing, modeling in clay, reading, reciting, singing,
garten occupation, &c. It may be considered unfortunate that all of the
pupils are 
of the Sioux Indian Nation, and all speak the Dakota tongue, which renders
the ac- 
quiring of another language much more difficult than if children of other
tribes who 
do not understand Dakota were a part of the school. 
(via ARKANSAS CITY, KANS.), July 15, 1884. 
SIR : I have the honor herewith to submit the first annual report of Chilocco
industrial school for the fractional year commencing January 15, 18d4, and
June 30, lt384. Enrollments, males, 130; females, 56. Average attendance,
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