Enrolling Cheyenne and Arapaho Students

November 14, 1880

John D. Miles, Agent for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, tells Richard Henry Pratt that his agency gave students cattle to take care of over vacation. As students did not know about the money and effort involved in caring for the animals, Miles relays a suggestion from John Holmes Seger (from the Arapaho school) that male students sell their cattle and use the proceeds to pay for train tickets to the Hampton Institute or Carlisle Indian School. Many of these students are excited about the idea and would like to enroll.

Pratt forwards Miles' letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and states that, with the Commissioner's permission, he'd be happy to have the Cheyenne and Arapaho students at Carlisle if they sent an equal amount of boys and girls. A list of potential Cheyenne and Arapaho students is attached.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

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Enrolling Cheyenne and Arapaho Students