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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1905
Part I ([1905])

Reports concerning Indians in Minnesota,   pp. 227-236 PDF (4.7 MB)


Page 233

REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN MINNESOTA.                   233 
Pine Point boarding school, located in the southeast corner of the reservation;
also three day schools-White Earth Agency day school, located at the White
Earth Agency; Pembina day school, located at Pembina township, near Mahno-
men post-office; and the Porterville day school, located near Duane post-office.
There is also a Catholic mission school for girls. The combined school capacity
is for 500 children. 
The boarding schools and day schools were well patronized during the last
year, and I am firmly of the opinion that the day school should be substituted.
for boarding schools for the mixed-blood Indians. During the past year a
large 
number of the children of the reservation have been enrolled in the nonreser-
vation schools. 
Government sawmil.-During last logging season 986,100 feet of logs were 
banked by Indians to be sawed into lumber to be used in the buildfng of 
houses, etc., for removal Mille Lac and White Oak Point Indians. From the
logs banked there was manufactured 500,000 feet of lumber and 360,000 shingles.
Post-offices.-There have been established on the reservation a number of
post- 
offices, and mail facilities are good, with the following post-offices: White
Earth, Callaway, Beaulieu, Bement, Mahnomen, Duane. 
The building of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad 
through the western part of the agency has been a great benefit to the residents
of the reservation. The railroad company has located stations at Callaway,
where two grain elevators have been built; Ogema, where one elevator has
been 
built; Wahbun, where two elevators have been built; Mahnomen, where two 
elevators have been built; and Bijou, where one elevator has been built.
The building of these elevators has been the means of encouraging the 
Indians to raise grain, as they are able to market their grain without the
long 
hauls which were necessary before the establishment of these elevators. 
Contracts were entered into with the Indians for the logging of dead and
down 
timber, also for the logging of allotment timber. The price-paid for the
banking 
of logs on the different landings ranged from $2.50 to $5 per thousand feet.
These logs were sold on sealed bids. 
There was cut on tribal lands: 
4, 980,550 feet of dead and down white and Norway. 
23,030 feet green white, cut from roadways. 
82,450 feet green Norway, cut from roadways. 
5, 086, 030 feet. 
Which was sold for -----------------------------$50, 882.51 
Cost of operations, sale, etc ------------------------26,024.23 
Net proceeds -----------------------------   24, 858.28 
There was cut from allotted lands: 
920 feet dead and down white and Norway. 
8,076, 170 feet green white and Norway. 
83,020 feet spruce. 
37,140 Teet jack pine. 
8, 197, 250 feet. 
Which was sold for -----------------------------$79, 280.57 
Cost of operation, sale, etc ------------------------ 32,449.48 
Net proceeds ------------------------------- 46,831.09 
SIMON MICHELET, U. S. Indian Agent. 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PINE POINT SCHOOL. 
WHITE EARTHI AGENCuY, MINNii., August 30, 1905. 
This school is located in the southeast corner of the White Earth Reservation,
35 miles 
from the agency and 20 miles from Park Rapids, Minn., a city on the Great
Northern 
Railroad, with which we have telephone connections and from which we receive
daily 
mail. 
Attendance.-Enrollment, 97 ; average attendance, 80. During the year the
capacity 
of the school, 75 pupils, has been maintained and a number attending as day
pupils. No 


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