United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
Report of superintendent of Indian schools, pp. 385-414 PDF (13.4 MB)
414 REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. day school a success and will prove a great aid in preparing the Indian for self-support, independence, and final assimilation into citizenship. C. J. Crandall, superintendent Santa Fe Indian School, New Mexico.-The best blood and the best children are the last to leave the reservation as a rule. Then why not try to reach them through the local or day school? There is a need for more and better equipped day schools. Too often this school consists of a single schoolroom. The teacher's quarters may consist of one or two rooms and the roofs may keep out the sunshine, but not the snow and rain. There should be in addition to the regular schoolroom, a sewing room, a work- shop for the boys, a dining room and kitchen; the teacher should be provided with com- fortable quarters; the school should have its bath house and wash room; there should be a school garden; the grounds should be fenced, and flower gardens and lawns should take the place of unkept and untidy yards. Some poultry and a cow and a horse will add to the school. In addition to the regular teacher there should be a housekeeper, and there may be a matron and industrial teacher. The Indian parent should at all times be made welcome at the school, and thus will he take an interest in the school and what is being done for his child. The noonday luncheon is important. Above all, the employees in the day school must have an interest in their work and the Indian. The day school will thus become a feeder and a help to the more advanced Indian schools. Addresses were also made by Mrs. Amelia S. Quinton, New York City, president of the National Indian Association; Miss Mary C. Judd, Minneapolis, Minn., and Miss Mabelle Biggart, New York City, N. Y. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED. Resolved, That we hereby tender our thanks to the President for persuading the Hon. Francis E. Leupp to accept the direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and we feel that under his able guidance a great step forward will be taken in advancing the cause of the Indian. Resolved, That we hereby tender to the Secretary of the Interior our sincere thanks for the cordial support he has given us in our efforts on behalf of the Indian children, and that we are in hearty sympathy with the reforms the Commissioner of Indian Affairs is intro- ducing in the Indian school service. We commend the good work done by the Superin- tendent of Indian Schools, and extend our thanks for the helpful suggestions tending to better the Indian. We thank the vice-president of the department, Mr. R. A. Cochran, for the able and impartial manner in which he has presided over our meetings. Resolved, That we commend the care exercised and the efforts put forth by the Civil Service Commission to keep up the standard of efficiency in the Indian field service. Resolved, That our thanks are due and tendered hereby to the officials and people of Asbury Park and Ocean Grove for the cordial welcome extended to us and the many cour- tesies we have received from them. We also sincerely thank the local press for their reports of our proceedings and helpful notices, and the Carlisle Indian School band for supplying the music.
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