United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1892
Reports of supervisors of education, pp. 619-646 PDF (13.1 MB)
628 REPORTS OF SUPERVISORS OF EDUCATION. pacity for only 75. Two years ago another building was erected, bringing it up to 140. It still needs a good building, which might be used for school and au- dience room. A few years ago the school suffered from gross mismanagement, the ill effects of which it has scarcely recovered from. As a consequence of that trouble the boys and girls have been educated entirely in different school- rooms, and the two buildings are denominated "boys' school" and "'Igirls' school." There has been a consequent loss in power by so doing. The time has now arrived when it is best to regrade the school and educate the sexes together. The school has gained a good standing. The industrial work has been very successful. They have a fine farm and ordinarily they can raise grain, hay, and vegetables in abundance. A large number of fruit trees have been set out and give promise of fruit in the near future. The St. Paul's school of 38 boys has done well during the past year. It is quite complete in its appointments and is a well-conducted and profitable school. It has capacity for 48. They have a good farm and special attention is paid to agricultural industrials. Good progress in schoolroom work was shown. Lower Brul6.-The census shows that there are nearly 300 children of school age upon this reservation. The Government boarding school accommodates 70. There has been less than 40 in the two day schools at Driving Hawk's Camp, and at the mouth of the White River. A few are away in other schools. It will be seen that the greater number are in no school. The buildings at the Gov- ernment school are old and poor; but until the Lower Brules nre fully settled it may be best tb do little to them. Notwithstanding these drawbacks the school made an excellent record during the past year both in school-room and indus- trial work. It should be raised to 100. The Indians who formerly lived near the day school at mouth of White River, have nearly all moved away. The school has not been a success during the past year. Craw Creek.-The children upon this reservation are closely picked up. The Government boarding, with its 120 pupils, Grace Howard Mission with 22, and the Catholic contract, Immaculate Conception, with 90 pupils, and 20 at other schools, has drawn closely upon the 300 shown by crnsus. The Grace Howard Mission is a small but choice school 7 miles southeast of the agency. It is composed mostly of girls. The management and schoolroom work has been satisfactory. Reading and number work excellent. Careful at- tention paid to the industrial work for the girls. Not much attempted with boys as they are small. Immaculate Conception Mission, 15 miles north of agency, is a very complete plant, capable of accommodating 125 pupils. The buildings were built by the Misses Drexel. The work here is of a high order, especially that of the school- room, which is excelled by few. The outfit of the school is very complete. The long-continued drought has been against them for agricultural work, but they have paid special attention to stock-raising. They have a good band of 10 pieces. The Crow Creek Industrial Sehool has been largely increased during the year, and has made great progress. Most of the schoolroom work has been particu- larly fine. Extensive outdoor work has been carried on, and the industrial work has been thoroughly taught. The buildings are in fair condition, and a good hospital building has been erected during the year. In addition to stock and swine, a fine lot of poultry has been added. This is one of the progressive schools. Standing Rock.-Over 750 children are enrolled in school upon this reservation out of the 900 shown by census. All the schools, twelve in number, are Govern- ment schools-three boarding and nine day. The school work, as a whole, is superior here to any I have seen elsewhere. The day schools are surprisingly good, with a very regular attendance. All the children came to school dressed neatly, all the boys having their hair cut. Many of the children attend from a distance of 5 miles. The att-n lance has been very regular, and considerable progress in language, numbers, and local geogra- phy has been gained. The Indians become accustomed to seeing the school, and the idea of education becomes implantd. The Indians visited the schools freely, and really seemed interested and proud of the schools. Twelve young people from the day schools voluntarily went from one day school to the boarding school. Seven of the teachers of the day schools are mixed bloods or full-blood Indians, and all are doing well. Another boarding school is being built at the Little Eagle camp. The board- ing schools are the St. Elizabeth, and the Agency Boarding, and Agricultural Boarding.
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