Report Responding to Questions on the Carlisle Indian School

December 1891

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report responding to questions from the Office of Indian Affairs on the needs of the Carlisle Indian School. Included are discussions on the need for more land, additional educational needs, and industrial training including the limitations of the industrial instruction received at Carlisle.

Pratt also discusses difficulties in recruiting students due to opposition among various influences on agencies. Then he moves to discussion of discipline which is mainly issued by a court of students. Pratt also addresses the health of students at the school which is overseen by the school physician while also addressing student life.

Discussion of the relationship between non-reservation and reservation schools is followed up with the relationship between Carlisle and contract schools before discussing various supplies needed at Carlisle. Pratt goes into detail on several supplies and their deficiencies and the need for a standard quality between years.

Next, Pratt discusses the benefit of establishing more schools east of the Mississippi by which assimilation and the elimination of prejudices can occur. Then he mentions the recordkeeping the school and how it is reported.

Pratt ends by noting the benefits of presenting at the Columbian World's Exposition and the School's relationship with the local community.

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National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, Entry 91, box 810, 1891-#45991
Report Responding to Questions on the Carlisle Indian School