Miles, John D.

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Eadle Keahtah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 2)
April 1880

Page one opened with a teacher identified as A.J.S. (Alfred J. Standing) reminiscing about his time teaching Native Americans before he came to Carlisle. Also on the page was an article on the civilization of the Indians, comparing it to the conquests of the Roman Empire and its assimilation of...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
John D. Miles Student Information Card

Student information card of John D. Miles, a member of the Cheyenne Nation, who entered the school on October 27, 1879 and ultimately departed on July 6, 1888.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
John D. Miles [version 1], c.1881

Studio portrait of John D. Miles.

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
John D. Miles [version 2], c.1881

Studio of John D. Miles.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
School News (Vol. 1, No. 2)
July 1880

The first article is by John Downing (Cherokee), titles “Learning How to Use Bad Things.” In which he writes about alcohol and the benefits of being nice to the people of the United States, and a letter from Moses Nonway to his mother asking on the health of his people and reflecting on their...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Thirteen male student printers [version 1], c.1886

Studio portrait of thirteen male students, all wearing school uniforms. The caption of this and other copies identifies them as working in the print shop. 

Other copies identify the students. They are: 

1. Bennie Thomas, 2. Lorenzo Martinez, 3. Willie Butcher, 4. C. P. Cornelius, 5...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Thirteen male student printers [version 2], c.1886

Studio portrait of thirteen male students wearing school uniforms.

The printed note on the reverse side reads: 1. Bennie Thomas, Pueblo Tribe, 2. Lorenzo Martinez, Pueblo, 3. Willie Butcher, Chippewa, 4. C. P. Cornelius, Oneida, 5. Dennison Wheelock, Oneida, 6....

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Description of the Grounds, Buildings, Industries and Aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School
February 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports on the buildings, grounds, industrial curriculum, and overall aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School. The report includes descriptions of building sizes and purposes, industrial capabilities, and the efforts then underway to establish Congressional approval for...

Format: Photographs, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit 25 Cheyenne and Arapaho Students
June 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that the Cheyenne & Arapaho Agent John D. Miles would like to send 25 students from his agency to the Carlisle Indian School. Miles added that he'd like several chiefs, including Northern Cheyenne Chief Little Chief...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, and Wichita Students
July 22, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks that he has been promised Tsodearko that the Carlisle Indian School has room for additional students from the Comanche Nation. Pratt adds that the school has room for more than 100 more students and that he would be...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Send Three Former Florida Prisoners Home
September 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. M. Marble regarding three former Florida prisoners that should be returned home, escorted by Agent Miles. The first is going to die soon because of an accident suffered while playing baseball, and his chiefs want him to die...

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation of John D. Miles for Inspector of Schools
May 9, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt recommends John D. Miles for the position of Inspector of Schools in the Indian Service.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Informs Office of the Hire of Obadiah G. Given as Physician
November 17, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of Indian Affairs that he has hired Obadiah G. Given as the Carlisle Indian School physician. Pratt details how he came to the decision as well as Given's salary.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Return Harvey White Shield Home
January 19, 1883

Notice of the death of White Shield is received by Richard Henry Pratt from U.S. Indian Agent John D. Miles. As a result Pratt requests authorization for sending home his son Harvey in order to provide help to the family. In addition, Pratt requests sending home two young Arapaho Nation girls...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Establish Indian School at Fort Dodge, Kansas
January 28, 1885 - February 2, 1885

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from John D. Miles about establishing an Indian School at For Dodge, Kansas focusing on cattle raising. Pratt writes that in his opinion the idea is not a good idea due to being located near reservations as well as the camp influences of Dodge City.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on the Hampton Institute and the Carlisle Indian School
April 28, 1886 - January 11, 1888

T. S. Childs makes a report to the Office of Indian Affairs on Carlisle Indian School and the Indian Training School at the Hampton Institute. Childs report was prompted by complaints made against the Hampton Institute related to the health and discipline of students. Childs report focuses...

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
List of Students to be Returned to their Homes for June 1888
June 22, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of the Indian Affairs of the 60 students who are entitled to return to their home at the end of the school term due to the expiration of their enrollment or sickness.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Descriptive Statement of Pupils Discharged to Multiple Agencies, 1888
July 7-11, 1888

These materials include a cover letter and a Descriptive Statement of Pupils regarding 61 individuals discharged from the Carlisle Indian School and transferred back to their homes in the San Carlos, Laguna, Wallace, Isleta, Quapaw, Eufaula, Omaha, Winnebago, Nez Perce, Crow, Kiowa and Comanche...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation for John D. Miles to be Appointed Superintendent of Haskell
December 8, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt provides a recommendation for John D. Miles to fill the position of Superintendent of the Haskell Institute. Pratt writes that Miles had the best schools of any Agency he dealt with and that Miles would be the best man for the job. Pratt ends by noting that only someone who...

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