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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1856

[Northern superintendency],   pp. 34-65 PDF (12.8 MB)

Page 63

SIOUX OF THE MISSISSIPPI,                  63 
not being threshed, I cannot state accurately the amount. We shall 
have enough to furnish seed to all Indians desiring to raise wheat. 
I have to repeat my re ret that we cannot obtain schools. The fifth 
year since the treaty has now expired, and it is matter of surprise 
to the Indians that, whilst they are at all times promised the faithfil 
and literal fulfilment of the treaty, they see no attempt made to give 
them what they had esteemed the most important part of it. 
I am, sir, yours respectfully,       A. ROBERTSON, 
Farmer for Sisiton and Wahpeton. 
U. S. Indian Agent. 
No. 19. 
PAJUTAZEE, M. T., September 17, 1856. 
The whole number who have attended this school as scholars within 
the year, exclusive of four of our own children, not embraced in this 
report, is fifty-eight. Of these, four males and two females, all of 
mixed blood, read andl write English, and study arithmetic and 
Morse's geography. Two boys, one a half-breed and the other all 
Dacota, read in the English Testament; their ages are between six 
and ten years. Two, a boy and a girl, between four and six years 
old, spell English ; the girl is a full Dacota. The above ten all speak 
English, and understand it as well as Dacota. One young woman 
reads English, and reads and writes Dacota; she is full Dacota. 
Six young men, all but one of them full Dacotas, read Dacota 
Wawxpiwekan fluently, and write legibly. Eight, four males and 
females, read well in Wawxpiwekan or Dacota Scriptures, and write 
a little. Fifteen, eleven males and four females, read in Wownpieth- 
tewa and Woonspeinonpe. Some of these have been writing on slates, 
but none of them have as yet made much progress in learning to write. 
Ten, eight boys and two girls, spell in words of four letters, and some 
of them in words of several syllables. Eight others are learning the 
alphabet and to spell in words of three letters. 
Three of the scholars embracedein this report have been boarded in 
the mission family here, and one boy under the care of this station, 
and supported by the A. B. C. F. M., in a white family near Traverse 
des Sioux, is taught to read English, and instructed in the arts of 
civilized life, but not included in the above fifty-eight, as he has not
attended school here. Miss J. S. Williamson has been very diligent 
in teaching whenever any could be induced to attend school, and at 
no former time since we have resided here has the number, near 
enough to attend school, been near so great. Yet the attendance has 
been small, certainly not more than half as great on an average as it 

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