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William Spotted Tail Student Information Card

Student information card of William Spotted Tail, a member of the Sioux Nation, who entered the school on October 6, 1879 and departed on June 23, 1880. The file indicates Spotted Tail was living in Cut Meat, South Dakota in 1913.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Impact of Sending Sick Students Home from Hampton on Recruitment for Carlisle
September 11, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Edwin J. Brooks regarding sick students discharged from the Hampton Institute. Pratt insists that too many boys were sent home, against his and the doctor's advice, and asserts that Spotted Tail and Red Cloud will be less...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Intention to Discharge Charles Tackett
June 2, 1880 - June 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt encloses a copy of a letter from B. F. Beveridge to Charles Tackett about how to ensure that the Indian chiefs while visiting Washington D.C. stay at the Washington House (Beveridge's establishment). In his cover letter, Pratt informs the Commissioner that he intends to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Chief Spotted Tail's Request to Return his Children and Relatives Home
June 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks that Chief Spotted Tail would like to return his children, one grandchild, and one other relative currently enrolled at the Carlisle Indian School to their homes at his own expense. Pratt believes he should be able to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Return of Chief Spotted Tail's Children and Grandchildren
June 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks that the party has left, and Spotted Tail took his children and grandchildren - who were all students at the Carlisle Indian School - home.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Belief that its Good that Chief Spotted Tail Returned His Children and Grandchildren
June 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks E. J. Brooks to send him instructions for adding additional pupils to the Carlisle Indian School. He references Sheldon Jackson's mission to recruit Navajo and Pueblo students. Finally, he believes that Spotted Tail's decision to return his children will work to the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Need for Spotted Tail to Pay for Transportation to Return his Children to Carlisle
August 11, 1880

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz informs Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell that, if Spotted Tail wants to return his children to the Carlisle Indian School, he has to do it at his own expense. Schurz continues on to write about matters unrelated to Carlisle.

Note: This item...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Return the Bodies of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear
December 27, 1880

The parents of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear request that their bodies be returned to them in order to have them buried near their homes. They note that while Richard Henry Pratt sent them frequent letters they were not aware that their children were near death and are now unable to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Clarification Sought on Sending Children Home Early
February 15, 1881 - March 2, 1881

W. J. Cleveland writes to Richard Henry Pratt seeking clarification on the government's policy in regards to sending children home prior to their term of enrollment ending. Cleveland writes that since Spotted Tail was given permission to pay the expenses in returning his children home others...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Letters Sent to Pratt from the Rosebud Agency Regarding Return of Children
May 23 - June 8, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs two letters he received from the Rosebud Agency. One concerns the deaths of Rosebud students while at Carlisle and the desire of the Rosebud Sioux Chiefs to educate their children closer to home. The second from Black Crow...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children and Ask for Local School
May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children and Ask President Garfield for Local School
May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to President James A. Garfield to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children to Interior and Ask for Local School
May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Secretary of the Interior to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Cook Writes to his Daughter Grace at Carlisle
June 1, 1881 - June 20, 1881

Cook, a member of the Sioux Nation, writes to his daughter Grace at the Carlisle Indian School. He writes that others in the Rosebud Agency are attempting to have their children returned from Carlisle but he does not think they will succeed. If they do though he would like Grace to return...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Blue Teeth Desires to be Included in Sioux Delegation
July 23, 1881 - August 5, 1881

Blue Teeth writes to Richard Henry Pratt seeking his help in order to be included in Spotted Tail's delegation. Blue Teeth writes that he would like to go east in order to get a set of false teeth as well as visiting his children at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation of Returning Children of Spotted Tail to Carlisle
August 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt recommends the return of Pollock, Max, and Oliver Spotted Tail to Carlisle if an opportunity presents itself rather than having the cost born by their family.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Difficulties in Securing Children at the Rosebud Agency
August 11, 1883 - November 22, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt documents his trip to the Rosebud Agency where he attempted to secure 90 students for the Carlisle Indian School. He notes that after an initial meeting where this was received with much enthusiasm he failed to gather the allotted students due to the work of the Catholic...

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

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