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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 Wisconsin,   pp. 371-380 PDF (4.4 MB)

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conducted by the Roman Catholics, and have had a successful year. The usual
school statistics follow: 
Average                               Salary 
Name of school.   Reservation.   attend-        Name of teacher.        per
ance.                                annum. 
Day schools. 
Fond du Lac ---- Fond du Lac ......--  25 Josephine B. Von Felden -----------
John L. Von Felden ------------   300 
Red Cliff -------- Red Cliff -------------  25 Sister Seraphica Reineck ----------
Sister Victoria Steidl ---------------  300 
Grand Portage - Grand Portage ------   10 Walter B. Phillips ------------------600
Hannah  M,. Phillips  3----------------  300 
Odanah --------Bad River ----------   -88 Sister Macaria Murphy ------------
Sister Clarissima Walsh -....     480 
Lac Courte Oreille Lac Courte Oreille -  46 Sister Arsenia -------------------
Sister Nepomuka ----------------450 
Boarding schools. 
Lacdu Flambeau- Lac du Flambeau -_.   146 Henry J. Phillips ----------------
Albert H. Gillett --------------------  720 
Florence G. W histler ---------------  600 
Ethelwyn L. Willey ---------------  600 
Charles D. Parkhurst --------------  480 
St. Mary's ----- Bad River ----------- 85 Sister Venantia --------------------
Sister Celestine ------------------- (a) 
Sister Alicia ----------------------- a) 
Bayfield --------Bayfield, Wis -----   44 Sister Anna Miller -----------------
Sister Josepha --------------------( a) 
Sister  Iren e  ........... ......  (a) 
a Not Government employees. 
The average attendance is decreased during the fourth quarter, 1905, for
reason that on account of lack of funds the schools were closed during the
of June. 
I have little to add to my former statements regarding the day schools. I
not seen how they can be successfully operated and practical results obtained
until the regular attendance of the pupils can be enforced. This is not entirely
the fault of the pupils or parents. When the latter leave for the sugar bush,
the berry fields, or on fishing or hunting trips, the children must, of necessity,
accompany them. These frequent periods of absence during the school year
are discouraging to the teacher and prevent effective progress on the part
the pupil. 
The annual report of the superintendent of the Lac du Flambeau School is
inclosed, which gives in-detail the results obtained during the past year.
sive improvements are now being made to the heating and sewer systems and
to the buildings at this school, which when accomplished will well equip
plant for successful work. 
Missionary work.-The Roman Catholics are maintaining religious services 
on all of the reservations except Vermilion Lake. The Protestant denomina-
tions have a small following among the Wisconsin Indians. 
Employees.-I have a most faithful and efficient corps of employees. The 
work at the agency office is very arduous, as the increasing timber operations
on both the Wisconsin and Minnesota reservations add greatly to the usual
accounts and records required by the regulations. 
The police force, reduced from seventeen members to eight privates at the
present time, is entirely inadequate to maintain law and order. The status
the Indians under the recent ruling of the Department is such that it is
no effort 
for them to obtain all the liquor they desire. Their rapid demoralization
be expected if these conditions continue. There are no courts of Indian offenses.
Allotments.-The allotments to the Minnesota Indians have been completed 
and the reservations will shortly be thrown open for settlement. All of the
land on the Red Cliff and Lac Courte Oreille reservations have been allotted.
Schedules of 116 allotments on the Lac du Flambeau and 122 allotments on
Lac Courte Oreille reservations have been approved, but no patents have been
issued to the Indians. A recent list, to embrace the remaining land on the
River Reservations, is now awaiting Department consideration. The table 
following is taken from my annual report of 1904. 

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