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The Documents section features digitized copies of documents relating to the history of the school.  These documents include correspondence, graduation pamphlets, and other forms of ephemera, and have been digitized by Digital Resource Center staff.  Today, these documents are preserved in a number of locations, including the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections as well as private collections.

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Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children and Ask for Local School

Date: May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S. Indian Agent John Cook notes that he is agreement with the sentiment expressed and that it is in the best interest of the Agency to comply with the request.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children and Ask for Local School

Date: May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Secretary of the Interior to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S. Indian Agent John Cook notes that he is agreement with the sentiment expressed and that it is in the best interest of the Agency to comply with the request.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Letters Sent to Pratt from the Rosebud Agency Regarding Return of Children

Date: May 23, 1881 - June 8, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs two letters he recieved from the Rosebud Agency. One concerns the deaths of Rosebud students while at Carlisle and the desire of the Rosebud Sioux Chiefs to educate their children closer to home. The second from Black Crow protesting the actions of Spotted Tail and others who are attempting to return their children back to Rosebud.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children and Ask for Local School to President

Date: May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S. Indian Agent John Cook notes that he is agreement with the sentiment expressed and that it is in the best interest of the Agency to comply with the request.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Request to Return Tsaitkopeta Home

Date: May 30, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notifies the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the former Kiowa prisoner Tsaitkopeta who has been living in Tarrytown, New York with Dr. H. Caruthers wishes to return home to the Kiowa and Comanche Agency. Pratt notes that he is entitled to have the government pay this expense and ends by saying that the only remaining former prisoner who remains in the east is Etahdleuh who is helping at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Cook Writes to his Daughter Grace at Carlisle

Date: June 1, 1881 - June 20, 1881

Cook, a member of the Sioux Nation, writes to his daughter Grace at the Carlisle Indian School. He writes that others in the Rosebud Agency are attempting to have their children returned from Carlisle but he does not think they will succeed. If they do though he would like Grace to return although he would also be happy with her staying and learning at Carlisle.

Richard Henry Pratt forwarded the letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs because of the connection with the Rosebud Sioux request to return their children.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Enrollment Status of William Snake and Fred Smith

Date: June 2, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt provides an update on the enrollment status of William Snake and Fred Smith. Pratt notes that William Snake and White Rabbit are the same individual. He also writes that the money for the two students would be better served if invested in cattle or another area rather than sent to the students directly.

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Request Telegraph Authority to Return Eight Sick Students Home

Date: June 7, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks authority to return eight students home due to their health resulting from the measles and scarlet fever outbreaks. To allow them to travel more comfortably Pratt requests a response via telegraph in order to send them on a through car to Kansas City.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notification of Change in Nation Enrollment Status of Three Students

Date: June 20, 1881 - June 27, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from Isaiah Lightner, U.S. Indian Agent at the Santee Agency, regarding the enrollment of William Snake, White Rabbit, and White Mouse as members of the Ponca Nation by Standing Bear. As a result of the enrollment they are entitled to a payment being distributed by the Nation.

Pratt forwarded the letter due to the transfer of students from one Nation's rolls to another and the possibilty of the change being done to result in an unequal distribution.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Black Bear Requests Son Visit Him in Washington D.C.

Date: July 4, 1881 - July 18, 1881

Black Bear writes to Richard Henry Pratt asking for him to write to the Department of Indian Affairs to allow his son Paul Black Bear to visit him during his trip to Washington D.C. Black Bear notes that he has not been allowed permission to visit Carlisle and he was also the first Head Man to allow his son to attend school at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Blue Teeth Desires to be Included in Sioux Delegation

Date: July 23, 1881 - August 5, 1881

Blue Teeth writes to Richard Henry Pratt seeking his help in order to be included in Spotted Tail's delegation. Blue Teeth writes that he would like to go east in order to get a set of false teeth as well as visiting his children at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Kihega Requests Funds to Visit Carlisle

Date: July 28, 1881

Kihega, a chief of the Iowa Nation, requests funds to allow him, his wife, and an interpreter to visit the Carlisle Indian School to see their children through the U.S. Indian Agent at the Great Nemaha Agency, A. Brosius.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Visitors

Proposal for Extended Outings

Date: July 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests that he be allowed to extend the outings of certain students until the winter in order to allow them to attend the country schools located near their patrons.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Outings

Recommendation of Returning Children of Spotted Tail to Carlisle

Date: August 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt recommends the return of Pollock, Max, and Oliver Spotted Tail to Carlisle if an opportunity presents itself rather than having the cost born by their family.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Sisseton Agency Request to Send Students to Carlisle

Date: August 12, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt endorsees a request from the Sisseton Agency U.S. Indian Agent that a number of men be allowed to enroll at Carlisle as they offer to pay their own transportation. Pratt notes that despite the school having more than enough male pupils the spirit evident by the willingness to pay their own way should be fostered. Pratt ends by requesting that if the students be allowed to come that an equal number of girls accompany them as the failure to educate women as well as men would bring about disaster.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Gender Roles

Report on Various Dissatisfactions in the Pueblo Agency

Date: August 15, 1881

J. M. Haworth, Inspector, details various events in the Pueblo Agency including opposition to the schooling at the Agency. Haworth reports that much of the opposition is a result of the religious nature of the schooling. He also notes that parents who had sent children to Carlisle have yet to visit them despite promises made at the time they sent them. Haworth supports the Agent's recommendation of allowing a small delegation to visit Carlisle in order to encourage parents to put their children in schools.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Religion, Visitors

Request of Pueblo Indians to Visit Carlisle and Washington

Date: August 17, 1881

Benjamin M. Thomas, U.S. Indian Agent for the Pueblo Indian Agency, requests on behalf of the Pueblo Nation to take a delegation of eight individuals to visit their children at Carlisle and also to visit Washington D.C. Thomas also requests authority to bring two students to replace a Pueblo student who died at Carlisle and one who was returned due to poor health in addition to as many other students as can be accommodated at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Visitors

Inquiry into Number of Visitors to Expect at Carlisle

Date: August 22, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt inquires into the number of visitors to expect from the delegation currently in Washington D.C. He also suggests that the delegation along with their children take a picnic to Luray Caverns in Virginia.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Visitors

Request to Send Gilbert and Norman Home

Date: September 1, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to pay for the expenses of returning to their homes Gilbert and Norman due to their poor health.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Requests Authority to Send James Home

Date: September 1, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks authority to send James, a member of the Sioux Nation, back to his home.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Attention Called to the Account of Dr. Faulkner

Date: September 3, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt, brings to attention the account of Carlisle School physician Dr. W. H. Faulkner who was advanced two hundred dollars to accompany two sick students to their homes. According to Pratt this transaction was approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs but the official transaction has not yet received official departmental action making it impossible to keep financial accounts straight.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Petition of Teodosio Duran and Juan Cristobal to Visit Carlisle

Date: September 12, 1881 - September 15, 1881

Benjamin M. Thomas, U.S. Indian Agent at the Pueblo Agency, forwards a petition from Juan Cristobal and Teodosio Duran to visit their children at Carlisle. They note they were the principal supporters of sending students to Carlisle and as a result have been persecuted by others. By visiting and reporting on the condition of their children they hope to end this trouble.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Visitors

Extended Outing Finalized and Summer Outing Report

Date: September 16, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt comments that he has made arrangements to allow six large boys to remain in their summer outing homes. In addition, 17 other boys and 6 girls were found homes for the fall period. Pratt notes that he consulted with the students on their preferences and that the school will provide clothing and books while their board will be paid for by their morning and evening labor.

Pratt ends by saying that the summer outing program saw 109 students placed in country homes with six returned due to dissastifaction from patrons. He notes that many students say rapid gain in their ability to speak English due to their isolation.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Repatriate of Frank Cushing's Body to Zuni

Date: September 30, 1881 - October 18, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter that was originally sent to Benjamin M. Thomas, U.S. Indian Agent at the Pueblo Agency, from S. A. Bentley a teacher in the Indian Service. Bentley's letter concerns the wishes of Frank Cushing's parents to have his body repatriated to Zuni. Pratt comments that this is not a simple matter and references the case of White Thunder who after seeing his son's resting place at Carlisle was satisfied with having his son's body remain at Carlisle. Pratt concludes by saying the matter can be settled if the Pueblo Chiefs visit the school as was previously discussed by Thomas.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Request to Pay Expenses for Travel of Steve Willamson for Treatment

Date: October 18, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt details the course of actions he took to treat Steve Willamson, a member of the Arapaho Nation, by sending him and the school physician to the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pratt requests that the costs associated with the travel for this treatment be approved.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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