United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
Reports concerning Indians in Oklahoma, pp. 291-323 PDF (15.9 MB)
REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN OKLAHOMA. 319 Sabbath schools are also held at the "Bressie" district school, agency district school, and at the training school every Sunday morning, all attended by whites and Indians, the latter being mostly "returned" and active students of the Indian training schools. Special mention should be made of the very in- teresting mid-week young peoples' meetings, held at the agency district school, which are attended by numerous "returned students," other Indians, and white people; this is probably the most potent factor for good on the reservation. The moral tone of the Ponca is low, but much hope is entertained for the younger educated people. Marital.-During the year 13 marriages were solemnized, 3 by the missionary, 1 by the probate judge, and 9 by myself. The marriage relation is first en- tered in accordance with the Indian custom; then reported to me by the Indian police; finally "rounded up," and the legal ceremony performed by the proper authorities. Three divorces were granted by the district court during the year. Judicial.-The court of Indian offenses, consisting of three Indian judges, having lost all semblance of authority by the abolishment of the reservation boundaries and the allotment of tribal lands, went out of existence June 30, 1905, ending a career of much usefulness in the management of minor offenses committed by the Indians. The civil courts now have entire jurisdiction in all matters appertaining to the Indians here. The Tonkawa.-The Tonkawa all possess allotments and are living in very comfortable houses thereon; are happy and contented; have a religion of their own, and practice a few of the old-time Indian ceremonies. They are directly in charge of Mr. G. C. Brewer, additional farmer, who has been with these people many years, and who has maintained a very solicitous care over them and whose influence has been very beneficial to the tribe. H. M. NOBLE, Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF SAUK AND FOX AND IOWA. SAC AND Fox AGENCY, OKLA., August 19, 1905. The agency is located 6 miles south of Stroud, Okla., on the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, and 8 miles east of Chuckaho, Okla., on the Sante Fe Railroad. The school is located about three-quarters of a mile northeast of the agency. The school buildings consist of a girls' building, a boys' building, school build- ing, barn, and a few smaller buildings and sheds. Only two of the buildings are what they should be; these are the girls' building and school building. The other buildings are old and poorly arranged for the purpose for which they are used. An employees' building and either a new laundry or extensive alterations and additions to the old laundry building are required. The school has been estab- lished for over thirty years and some of the buildings are antiquated. Steps have been taken to prospect for water by drilling. The present supply of water is totally inadequate, and as soon as a sufficient supply is assured a new water system will be necessary. A sewerage system is needed and should be installed at once. The old lines of sewer pipe now installed are of very little value. Attendance.-The highest enrollment for any month of the year was 99 pupils, of whom 3 were day pupils and 96 boarding pupils. The average at- tendance for the year was 87. Nearly all of the children of school age were placed in school, only a few of the 5 and 6 year old ones, and those excused on account of their health. being out. A number of the children removed with their parents from this agency to Iowa, which reduced the attendance below what it would have been had we been able to take advantage of the full number of pupils of school age. A number of children of school age are enrolled in non- reservation schools and a further number are virtually white and attend the district schools in the vicinity where they reside. Others live at other agencies, and while our scholastic population is 152 we have a much smaller number than this to draw on. Instruction.-Farming and stock raising are the principal occupations at which most of these Indians must earn their daily bread, if they earn it at all. A few who have learned trades have thus far made little use of their training. In most of the cases afnong these Indians it serves as an excuse for idleness a greater part of the time. When they are urged to go to work on their allot- ments they have a "job" at painting or other work on hand.
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