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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1892
61st ([1892])

Reports of supervisors of education,   pp. 619-646 PDF (13.1 MB)


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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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