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)
REPORTS OF SUPERVISORS OF EDUCATION. 627 The little Montana industrial school is situated 5 miles from Custer station on the Northern Pacific Railroad. It is not a new school. It has a capacity of 50. It is a model school on a small scale. The building is really a large cot- tage, rather crowded but, having a home-like appearance. The school is doing excellent work, both schoolroom and industrial. They have a good farm and quite good progress is made in wood shop work. Tongue River Reservation.-About 800 Cheyenne Indians occupy this reservation. They are a wild and unprogressive lot. There are two schools, the Govern- ment day at the asency on Lame Deer Creek, and the Catholic contract, St. Labre. on Tongue River. The latter school was discontinued at the time of my visit on account of lack of attendance. The attendance at the day school was very irregular and small. The Indians send to school or not just as they choose. There needs to be a good Government boarding school erected, and the strong hand of authority stretched out and those children gathered into school. They will be a menace upon the safety of their neighbors if it is not done. Winnebago and Omaha Reservations.-The Winnebago school has been in hard luck. For some years it seems to have been woefully mismanaged, and just as it was gaining a good position and doing excellent work, afire broke out (March, 1892) and burned it to the ground. It was a disaster, for this people are in great need of the school. They are immoral and unprogressive, but the school was doing good work for them. A portion of the school has been reassembled in other buildings, but nothing like the former efficient work can be done. The school property here is very valuable, the farm being one of the best in Nebraska. Grain and vegetables of all kinds can be raised. as well as fruit. These people are self-sustaining and are good workers, but they need to have their children in school to fit them for the duties of citizenship, which they will soon come to. The school, when re- built, should be raised to 100. The Omaha boarding school is an old and prosperous school, excellently man- aged; it is doing excellent work. It is located in the most desirable pai't of Nebraska, and agricultural industrial pursuits are advantageously taught. Both these tribes are now allottee citizens, and as such assume the Privilege of keeping their children from school too much. There are many out of school because of lack of school accommodations. This school would be benefited by being in- creased to 100. The Omaha Mission industrial school is a Presbyterian contract school. The attendance during the past year has been small. The capacity of the school is about 50. The location is on the west bank of the Missouri River. All the schoolroom and industrial work was of a satisfactory character, and it is to be regretted that they had no larger attendance. Santee.-Upon and connected with the reservation are the following schools: Agency boarding, Santee normal training (Congregational contract), Ponca and Flandreau day, and Hope (Episcopal contract). The Santee agency school is a fine plant, having a capacity for 125 pupils. The school and dormitory buildings are good, but'the outbuildings are poor and inadequate. The farm is excellent although too small. The school is well equipped and is doing good work both in the schoolroom and farm. No attempts have been made to carry other industrials except shoe-repairing. The Santee normal training school is a fine school and deserves the high reputation it has gained. It is not like any other school. While following the course of study and rules laid down for the Indian schools, it aims to go farther. Earnest and faithful work is done in all departments, and many who leave this school are fitted to become teachers. A school of theology is a part of the in- stitution. It is an industrial school in the fullest sense. For the girls, the course in cooking and sewing is more thorough than ordinary, and for the boys, a very complete knowledge of wood and iron shop work, shoe and harness making is given. The dormitories are comfortable and homelike, being separated into several separate buildings with a matron for each. This is one of the oldest and best schools in the Indian service. The Hope school is across the river from the reservation in the town of Spring- field, S. Dak. Like all the Episcopal schools, it has a capacity of only 50. It is a model little school. The enrollment has been 21 boys, 26 girls. Instruction in schoolroom and industrials excellent. Could not visit the day schools. Yankton.-The Yankton inustrial boarding and the Episcopal contract school for boys, " the St. Paul's." are the only -chio1s on this reservation that receive Government support. The Government school was started in 1882 and for several years had a ca-.
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