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

Report of superintendent of Indian schools,   pp. 385-414 PDF (13.4 MB)

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school farm, and every preparation had been made for raising a 
variety of products on the new farm. The school gives promise of 
accomplishing excellent results. 
This school is located at Jocko, in the northwest end of the State. 
The enrollment for the past year was 56, with an average attendance 
of 46, this being an increase of 8 over the preceding year. The school 
has no farm, and it is therefore impossible to give much practical 
instruction in agriculture. A small garden, however, about 2 .acres 
in extent, is cultivated successfully and furnishes the school with an 
abundant supply of vegetables. The work in the garden is done by 
the pupils, the individual system being adopted, each child having a 
certain portion to care for. A new and enlarged plant would greatly 
add to the efficiency of the school, and increased accommodations 
would permit the receiving of a great many additional pupils for 
whom there is not room at present. 
This school is located near the center of Montana, in an exception- 
ally healthy region, at an altitude of about 4,000 feet. The school 
reservation contains about 35,000 acres of land, and lies on each side, 
north and south, of the Sun River. Special attention is given to 
stock raising, the school herd comprising over 500 head of cattle. 
Pupils receive practical training, particularly along agricultural lines,
dairying being given special prominence. They have suffered severely 
from drought, and a system of irrigation would be of benefit to the 
school. It is, in fact, a practical necessity to the proper utilization 
of its large tracts of fertile land. This school has an enviable record.
The general condition of the school plant has been much improved 
since my previous visit. A commodious school building has been 
erected and the boys' dormitory repaired. A modern and well- 
equipped hospital has recently been completed, also a good horse 
barn. A new water system was being installed and a new steam heat- 
ing and power plant was in process of construction. The instruction 
given in agriculture, dairying, and the trades compares favorably 
with that of other schools. Special attention has been given to teach- 
ing harness making, and with gratifying success. The school had a 
detail of boys making harness in the Indian school at the St. Louis 
Exposition. The shop building is old and not well adapted to the 
purpose for which it is used. The erection of the building recently 
appropriated for to replace it, will add materially to the efficiency of
the school. More land could be profitably cultivated, and additional 
pasturage is needed. 
The enrollment was 358, while the capacity is 300. Considering 
the fact that a large percentage of the pupils were brought in from 
the camps at the beginning of the school year, knowing little or no 

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