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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 Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. 1-155 PDF (58.6 MB)


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REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
The pro rata basis may be made-somewhat clearer, perhaps, by an 
hypothetical illustration of this sort: 
The interest on the Osage fund annually is --------------------$416, 371
Before fixing the rate deduct- 
For Government schools, say ---------------------- $29, 000 
For other legitimate and necessary charges against said 
interest, say---------------- ------------------340,000 
369,000 
Balance for contract schools, say--------------------------47, 371 
There are approximately 1,895 Osage Indians who may be con- 
strued to own or have a ratable share in this balance, which would 
give for each Osage about $24.80. Therefore the rate per capita for 
each pupil carried under the contract would be $24.99 per annum. 
In the case hypothetically stated as to Osages, it is construed that 
the Osages as a nation are obligated to furnish educational facilities 
to all the children of the nation after the analogy of our public school
system, where all the taxpayers contribute to the support of the 
schools free to everybody's children. If any taxpayer prefers not to 
avail himself of the privileges of these schools provided at the gen- 
eral expense, he is at liberty to send his children to private schools, 
religious or otherwise, but public policy forbids any deduction from 
his school tax on that account. So in this case, after proper deduc- 
tion for regular nonsectarian Government schools, the balance of a 
fund can be construed only as belonging to all the Indians; where- 
fore it seems that the pro rata share which any Indian has a right to 
dispose of for sectarian education must be calculated on the basis of 
all the Indians sharing in that balance. 
(10) The present form of contract is used, modified so as to meet 
the changes necessary. 
(11) Contract4 are made with the parties indicated by the Indian 
signers of the petitions. 
(12) The average attendance at the school is the basis of payment, 
calculated on the attendance of the children of petitioners and of those
pupils whose friends, having signed the petition, are willing that such 
children shall be so counted as against their pro rata share. 
(13) The usual quarterly reports of attendance on contract schools 
must give: 
Names of pupils, opposite each of which shall appear the name of 
the parent or guardian who signed the petition; 
Names of pupils, opposite each of which shall appear the name of 
the friend who signed the petition and wishes such pupil to have the 
benefit of his pro rata share; 
Names of other pupils whose guardians or parents did not sign the 
petition. 
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