Vol. I. No. 2. (January, 1903)
Object to Indian schools, pp. 17-18
the practice of sending Indian children to public schools would do away with the reservation schools and consider- ably reduce the attendance at the non-reservation schools. The above article appeared in the New York Times of November 25th and bears directly on the subject in several points, but the great factor is overlooked, whether intention- ally or accidentally we know not. The Santee Sioux have long passed the uncivilized state and their children are un- doubtedly fitted to take their places among the children of white parentage in our educational institutions, but how long has this fitting been taking place ? Would the children of the Navajos, Pimas, Papagos, Apaches, Hopi, Zuni or dozens of other tribes we could enumerate be able to take their places in our public schools ? Would the writer of that article allow his children to attend the same school with the poor little half-clothed, half-washed Indian boy that is now rolling around in the dirt before his father's tepee. We think not. The first steps of education must begin at home in the reservation school, fitting the child for association with white children in matters of cleanliness of habit that does not now exist among them, nor will it exist until the home life is entirely changed. That will take the same length of time that has been expended in bringing the Santee Sioux to the point of pride in his offspring that prompts him to resent the unjust descrimination. Keep up the reservation school, but make it more effectual. Do not simply aim to expend the appropriation but strive to obtain results. Premium List for Subscriptions Subscription price $1.00 a year. 100 Subscribers-Navajo Blanket valued at $50.00 50 Subscribers-Navajo Blanket valued at 25.00 25 Subscribers-Navajo Blanket valued at 12.50 10 Subscribers-Choice of any $5 basket in our collection 5.00 5 Subscribers-Choice of any $2.50 article in our collection 2.50 The above list is open for competition from any section of the country and with the really liberal offers will meet with a hearty re- ply from our different agencies. The subscription price is only $1.00 per year and one basket lesson from our serial instruction course will more than repay the outlay. We also offer liberal cash terms to canvassers with references. We want circulation and can afford to be liberal.
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