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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)


Page 640

640         REPORTS OF SUPERVISORS OF EDUCATION. 
PRESENT EDUCATIONAL CONDITIONS IN THE DISTRICT. 
Quapaw Reservation.-The school population under the jurisdiction of this
agency is 401. Of this number some are married, others are attending the
various industrial training schools, while there are those whose physical
condi- 
tion is such that incapacitates them for school. The actual available school
pop- 
ulation does not exceed 300. 
There are two reservation boarding schools now in operation, the Seneca,
Shawnee, and Wyandotte, with a capacity of 175, and the Quapaw, with a capacity
of 110. If the last-named institution had a four-room school building and
a boys' 
dormitory combined its capacity would easily reach 150. This would furnish
ample accommodations for all the Indian youth on this reservation. The schools
are now operated to their fullest capacity. 
Pottawatomie and GreatNemaha.-Two hundred and seventy-five children of school
age are on the three reservations under the supervision of this agency. The
school operated for the Pottawatoraies, near the agency, will have a capacity
sufficient to accommodate the children of this tribe when the buildings now
in process of erection are completed. The school for the Sac and Fox and
Iowa 
tribes is sufficiently enlarged to minister to the educational demands of
these 
tribes. 
The capacity of the school for the Kickapoos, however, is not sufficient
to ac- 
commodate these people, and the buildings are old and dilapidated; in fact,
not 
suitable for the purpose for which they are used. The Kickapoos are slow
in 
their advancement, and do not coiperate in the education of their children.
It 
would be wise, I think, to erect a building with a capacity to accommodate
at 
least 75 children and put every child of school age and suitably qualified
in 
school and keep him there until something can be done for him that will be
perceptibly felt by these people. 
Cheyennes and Arapahoes.-There are 701 Indian children of school age under
the 
jurisdiction of this agency. To accommodate this large school population
there 
are three boarding schools, with a capacity of 375; two contract-schools,
able to 
accommodate 145. Not considering those of school age who are married, or
those who are attending nonreservation schools, or those incapacitated. for
school, there will remain at least 100 children of school age who can not
be 
accommodated. There will be a considerable number transferred to nonreser-
vation schools this year; yet there will b. quite enough children whose educa-
tional interests are not provided for on the reservation to fill another
school. 
And if there is a people in all the Indian country, who need the training,
to pre- 
pare them for the new life recently thrust upon them, it is these Cheyennes
and 
Arapahoes. 
The capacity of the Arapaho school should be increased to at least 150 by
erect- 
ing a four-room school building. Should another school be established, itshould
be located about 75 miles west of the agency, near the settlements of White
Shield's and White Chiefs bands. 
Kiowas and Comanches.-There are three boarding schools now in operation under
the supervision of this agency, and a fourth to open in a short time. In
addi- 
tion to the four Government sc ools. there are four churches in operation.
These schools, with a combined capacity of not to exceed 550 children, are
the 
facilities at present provided for the accommodation of about 700 children
of 
school age. It is very difficult to ascertain the actual school population
of these 
people, as the great mortality among their children recently greatly demora-
lized them, and only an approximate idea can be formed as to the number of
children who have died since the enumeration was taken. 
By erecting additional dormitory buildings at the Kiowa scho31 and a four-
room school building at Th the Kiowa and Wichita schools the capacity of
both institutions would be greatly increased. It may become necessary to
make 
some additions to the Rainy Mountain school, as it is excellently located
for 
health and will be a desirable school, I think, for the Kiowas. 
Osage Reservation.-With the boarding school at the agency recently enlarged
and the Government school at Kaw, together with a number of church schools
on 
the reservation, ample facilities are provided for the accommodation of all
the 
children of school age on this reserve. 
The council of the Osage government has voted that it was their desire that
a number of their young men should attend some of the white colleges and
obtain 
a thorough education. As the expense of the same iA to be paid by the tribe
from their immefise wealttk, it seems to me that they should be granted the
op- 
portunity. I see no better bause to which a portion of their vast funds could
be 


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