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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 North Dakota,   pp. 278-291 PDF (7.0 MB)

Reports concerning Indians in Oklahoma,   pp. 291-323 PDF (15.9 MB)

Page 291

REPORTS CONCERNING          INDIANS IN     OKLAHOMA.             291 
annual salary, so they could be left at the schools to care for the gardens
and the school 
property during the vacation months, and make it possible to keep a cow and
at the school. 
Female industrial teachers.-The order of the Department placing the female
teachers under the direct supervision of the day-school inspector did not
reach this office 
till late in March, but since that time I have visited, in company with the
teachers, over 
eighty homes. Much good is being accomplished along hygienic lines. With
but few 
exceptions the houses and yards were found in good condition, and refuse
burnt or hauled 
to safe distance from the house. We were unfortunate to lose one of our best
in this branch of the service in the person of 'Mrs. Bessie Bamber, who was
compelled to 
resign on account of poor health. 
Improvements.-The school buildings and cottages were painted     and   calcimined
throughout, and roofs repaired and painted. At Cannon Ball school a well
was dug, a 
small storeroom built, and a pasture fence built, inclosing about 40 acres
for school 
pasture. At No. 1 an. industrial room and porch was added to the cottage
and a well 
dug on the school grounds, giving an abundance of water. At No. 2 a porch
was added 
to the teacher's cottage and an ice cave built. At Porcupine a good root
cellar was built. 
At Bullhead a storeroom and large cellar built. 
Needs of the schools.-The employees' quarters and room for industrial work
at Cannon 
Ball school are too small for the size of the school, and two rooms should
be added to the 
present building to relieve the crowded condition. A small stable is needed
at No. 1 day 
school. At No. 2 a room should be added to school building for children's
kitchen, as no 
provision was made in the building of this school for the preparation of
noonday meal. 
At Bullhead and Porcupine schools stables large enough to shelter a cow and
team of 
horses are much needed. 
WALTER P. SQUIRES, Duy School Inspector. 
OAK CREEK, S. DAK.,        , 1905. 
Seventy pupils-34 boys and 36 girls-have been enrolled during the past year,
with an 
average attendance of 55. 
The health of the children has been remarkably good and, with the services
of a former 
matron with us again who has had an exceptional experience as a trained nurse,
health of the children has been closely watched and guarded. 
As in past years, the ordinary school, home, and farm industries have been
taught, the 
boys and girls becoming quite helpful, so that in an emergency when the teacher,
laundress, or farmer have been absent for a time all has gone on as usual.
This, as last 
year, closes with two of our first year's pupils as leaders of responsibility
in their special 
The teacher and matrons having had, with the writer, a united interest for
many years 
in the children has been conducive to success. 
The parents have helped to clothe their children, and in other respects showed
appreciation of their regard for what the school is doing. 
We feel greatly indebted to Colonel Steen, the farmer in charge, and the
physician at 
the Grand River school for the courtesies extended in behalf of our work.
Through the 
faithfulness and kindly interest of Doctor Veldheis the school has been the
means of 
relieving much suffering among the people. 
The phone connection arranged for by Major Carignan has been, a pleasurable
ience and privilege, for which we are most thankful to the Department. 
We are desirous when the allotment is made to the people that our land limit
of a 
half acre may be extended farther to the east and north, allowing for more
greatly needed and hay land for school use, if we may be so favored without
upon the rights of our neighbors. 
MARY S. FRANCIS, Missionary and Principal. 
CANTONMENT, OKLA., July 20, 1905. 
The school is located on the west bank of the North Canadian River, 20 miles
west of Okeene, Okla., a town on the Rock Island and Frisco railroads, and
miles north of Eagle City, a small town on the Frisco Railroad. The Kansas
City, Mexico and Orient Railroad are constructing a line, which is now about
completed, to the North Canadian River, and I expect that some time during
the coming fall they will be running trains through Canton, a new town about
3 miles south of the school. 
A complete census of the Indians under my charge is submitted herewith, 
which is summarized as follows: 
Cheyenne (males, 253 ; females, 269)-----------                  522 
Males over 18 years of ag                                144 
Females over 14 years of age-----------                  186 
Six to 16 years of age (males, 60; females, 60) ....120 
Arapaho (males, 125; females, 116)------             -      -     241 
Males over 18 years of age .....67 
Females over 14 years of age-----------                   77 
Six to 16 years of age (males, 21; females, 22)-------.45 

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