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The Indian Helper (Vol. 1, No. 31)
March 12, 1886

The first page opened with a poem titled "Patient Holding Out,” by Alice Carey. This was followed by sets of twenty-two rules of behavior titled “What a Girl Should Learn” and "What a Boy Should Learn.” The page ended with a paragraph about labor strikes. Page two was filled with small news...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The School News (Vol. 1, No. 10)
March 1881

It opens with the conclusion to Roman Nose’s long journey to Carlisle. He explained how at Lee he learned to mow with a scythe and milk cows, before travelling to Carlisle Barracks, where he was happy to see other Indians following the “white man’s way”. Also on the first page is a small bit...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Objection to Present Composition of Arriving Students
January 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt objects to the gender imbalance among two incoming student groups from L. J. Miles and from the Northern Arapaho. He notes that the work details of the school are divided among the sexes and depends on an equal number of girls and boys to be fair. The current makeup of the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit an Equal Number of Girls
January 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that both L. J. Miles and E. Ballon should bring as many girls as boys to Carlisle otherwise they should not come. He notes that there are at present proportionately too many male students at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sisseton Agency Request to Send Students to Carlisle
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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Unwilling to Take All Boys from Mescalero Agency
September 5, 1884

Richard Henry Pratt writes that he is unwilling to only accept boys from the Mescalero Agency and believes that it is possible to obtain girls from the Agency without force despite the Agent's claims. As a result, Pratt requests the transportation money meant for transporting students to the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Return George Hill and Flora Well Known
February 14, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to return George Hill and Flora Well Known to Custer, Montana before their terms of enrollment expire. Pratt makes this request due to a job offer from the Unitarian Board which is setting up a school on the Crow Agency for the two students.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
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