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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855
([1855])

[Minnesota superintendency],   pp. 48-68 PDF (8.7 MB)


Page 62

REPORT OF THE 
school in the morning and English in the afternoon. But the attend- 
ance in the morning did not justify the keeping up of the school; ac- 
cordingly it was dropped. The English school he continued to teach 
until May last, with an average attendance of ten scholars, a part of 
them our own children. Since that time we have kept up the school 
for three and a half months. 
Arrangements were made last summer, by the Prudential Committee 
of the A. B. C. F. M, to establish a boarding school for girls at this 
place. The building for that purpose is now errected, and I hope will 
be so far completed as to be occupied. this fall. During the year wo 
have had four boarding scholars, two girls and two boys. In a month 
or so I trust we shall be able to take six or eight more girls, a part of
this number are already engaged. 
To enable us to put up our ownbuildings, and also to help the Dakotah 
young men, who had arranged to settle arround us, to build better 
houses, the committee furnished us with a circular saw-mill, which 
went into operation the first of December last. As is usually the 
case with everything that breaks in upon our preconceived ideas of 
things, the saw-mill met with considerable opposition on the part 
of the Dakotahs. It would soon use up all their timber, they said, but 
it is nevertheless proving itself to be a civilizer. We have furnished 
gratuitously floors for nine log cabins, besides enabling the young men 
to purchase several thousand feet more at the bare cost of sawing. A 
desire too has been excited for frame houses. Simon Anawangmani 
has now a neat frame 24 by 16 feet, and ten feet high, giving him 
storage and sleeping room up stairs. The sills and sleepers he hewed, 
shaved the shingles, and dug the cellar himself. The window sash, 
glass and nails, (for the most part,) were furnished him by government, 
through'the kindness of Mr. Robertson. The house is yet unfinished, 
but he expects to put it in a state to occupy this winter. Some four 
others are making their calculations to build frame houses next season. 
The fields of three acres each, broke up by Mr. Robertson, for seven 
young men, in the immediate neighborhood of this station, will I am 
persuaded, together with their now comfortable residences, have an 
influence for good on this people. They are signs of progress. It is 
the development of individuals; subtracting them from the mass 
and making them feel that they are men. This is an important step. 
It indicates too the direction in which there is still hope for the 
Dakotahs. 
We have in the process of erection a small church building, which 
we hope to complete this winter. To this object our Dakotah young 
men have subscribed $175, which they purpose to pay in work or 
money. Other subscriptions have increased this amount to $300, 
which, with $200 granted by the board, will probably finish the- 
building. 
I remain yours, very truly, 
S. R. RIGGS. 
Major R. G. MURPHY, 
Dakotah Indian Agent. 
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