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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)

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day school a success and will prove a great aid in preparing the Indian for
independence, and final assimilation into citizenship. 
C. J. Crandall, superintendent Santa Fe Indian School, New Mexico.-The best
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
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
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,
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
Biggart, New York City, N. Y. 
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 
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
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
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 

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