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The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 3)
August 31, 1888

The first page opened with a poem, “Good Advice,” followed by a fictional account of a conversation titled “Two Carlisle Boys at Pine Ridge Talk Over the Sioux Bill,” in which two former students, Zack and Tim, discuss the merits of signing the Severalty Act which had been presented to the...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 4)
September 7, 1888

The first page opened with a poem, “Grasp the Nettle,” followed by a reprinted letter to Superintendent Pratt from Conrad Roubideaux (Sioux) titled “Conrad Didn’t Give Up the Ship,” in which he described the hardships of finding work on the reservation. Page two included news that Pratt was out...

Repository: Private Collection
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 5)
September 14, 1888

The first page opened with a poem, “The Golden Keys,” followed by a letter from Richard Davis (Cheyenne) who lived in West Grove, PA and ran a dairy farm there. There was an article called “No Wonder Indians Get Along Slowly,” and news from Joseph Schweigman (Sioux) at the Rosebud Agency titled...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Pratt Reports on State of Indian School Education to Interior Secretary
July 16, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt responds to a letter from Lucius Q. C. Lamar, Secretary of the Interior, with information about two Nez Perce students, Luke Phillips and Samuel Johns, who became ill during their second term of enrollment. Pratt notes that he believes in many cases it is better to retain...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Notes Agreement with Office Orders for English in Schools
October 3, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Office of Indian Affairs that he agrees with the Office's order regarding English in the schools. He notes his disagreement with the missionaries who oppose it. He ends by noting that teaching English will lead to greater Emancipation and eliminate interpreters...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Funds for Dividing the Sioux Reservation be Placed to His Credit
October 3, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt requests that William Freeman Vilas, Interior Secretary, place the $8,000 balance Congress appropriated for dividing the Sioux reservation be placed to his credit in New York.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Using Extra Appropriation to Recruit Students in Michigan
June 1, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to use the extra $500 remaining in his appropriation for sending Alfred John Standing and a female assistant to recruit students in Michigan.

Pratt also notes that a former student who could have served this role returned home in order to look out...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Articles by Elaine Goodale and a Response by Richard Henry Pratt
April 1890 - July 9, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt forwards two articles by Elaine Goodale, Supervisor of Education among the Sioux, to Thomas J. Morgan. Pratt comments that Goodale fought the work of the Sioux Commission and is also opposed to off reservation schools as they deprive parents of a say in their children's...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Allowance for Chester Cornelius to Attend Commercial School
December 18, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt discusses the case of Chester Cornelius with the Office of Indian Affairs. Pratt notes that Cornelius purchased a section of land under the Severalty Act with the intention of renting it out to support himself as he enrolled in a Commercial School in Poughkeepsie, New York....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Rebuttal of Claims of Pratt Regarding California Land Allotment
February 19, 1904 - March 2, 1904

Judge J. R. Lewis of the Northern California Indian Association rebuts a claim by Richard Henry Pratt regarding plan for allotting land to members of Nations in Northern California. The letter was forwarded by Senator Thomas Bard.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Regarding Allotment of Julia Jarvis
November 14, 1904 - November 30, 1904

Correspondence regarding the allotment of Julia Jarvis on the Colville Reservation.

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