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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Report of the Indian inspector for Indian territory,   pp. 705-792 PDF (36.9 MB)


Page 726

726     REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
lishment of new schools under the control of the tribal school boards and
the 
Department of the Interior, the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, or so
much thereof as may be necessary, to be placed in the hands of the Secretary
of 
the Interior and disbursed by him under such rules and regulations as he
may 
prescribe. 
Regulations governing the disbursement of this money were pre- 
scribed June 27, 1904, providing that no part thereof should be used 
for schools in incorporated towns, as such towns could provide funds 
by taxation for school purposes. 
While such appropriation was far inadequate to meet the demands, 
much good has been accomplished thereby. The Indian appropria- 
tion act of March 3, 1905, provided $150,000 for the same purpose 
and also that the proceeds of the recording fees received by the 
clerks and deputy clerks of the United States courts in the Indian 
Territory should be used for the same purpose. This will probably 
provide about $50,000 additional, or a total of about $200,000 to be 
used for school purposes during the year 1906. The Department has 
held, however, that inasmuch as the tribal governments expire on 
March 4, 1906, and there being no provision made for the continu- 
ance of tribal schools after that date, no part of this appropriation 
can be used for maintaining schools after said date. 
In order that as many schools as possible might be established and 
school facilities extended to all parts of the Territory the appropria- 
tion by Congress has only been used in the payment of teachers' 
salaries, the communities being required to furnish the buildings and 
necessary equipment. 
The superintendent classes the schools of the Territory as follows: 
Thirty-three boarding schools, 106 separate Indian day schools, 
445 combined day schools (Indians and whites), 78 negro day schools, 
25 denominational and mission schools, 60 public schools in incor- 
porated towns, 4 private business or commercial schools, 60 subscrip- 
tion schools. 
The following is respectfully submitted as to the number and 
character of schools in the various nations maintained during the 
fiscal year: 
CHOCTAW NATION. 
Four regular boarding schools or academies, 2 male and 2 female, 
1 each for orphans, 9 small boarding schools, and 209 day schools. 
The enrollment at the academies was 451, at the 9 boarding schools 
428, and at the day schools 10,442, of which 3,590 were Indians, 6,427 
whites, and 425 negroes, also 9 pupils in different schools for blind, 
deaf and dumb, making a total enrollment of 11,330; the expense of 
maintaining such schools in this nation being $138,872.25, as com- 
pared with an enrollment of 4,976, at an expense of $121,517, for the 
year 1904. 
CHICKASAW NATION. 
There are 5 tribal boarding schools in this nation maintained by 
the Chickasaw authorities, but as such authorities have shown no 
disposition to cooperate with the United States Government in school 
matters no accurate data can be obtained concerning such tribal 
schools. There have been 152 day schools established in this nation 
for Indians and whites, and 12 for negroes. The expenses of the 


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