BIA Policy and Policy Changes

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Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1899
1899

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1899, containing the Twentieth Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The report, submitted by Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, includes a school population table and discussions of the school's…

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Book
Repository:
Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1901
1901

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1901, containing the Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The report, submitted by Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, includes a school population table and discussions of…

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Book
Repository:
Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Transmission of Revised Statutes to Pratt
March 18, 1880

Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell sends a copy of the Revised Statutes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and asks the Commissioner to forward it to Richard Henry Pratt at the Carlisle Indian School.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents…

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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 have inquired if they are also able to do so. Pratt…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Education Circulars Referencing Teaching English
August 22, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt requests from the Office of Indian Affairs that all circulars referencing teaching English in Indian Schools be sent to him due to articles in the Christian Union and The Advance.

Pratt also writes that the bids on the building surprised him and that office should be pleased.

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Letters/Correspondence
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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 at agencies which would be highly beneficial.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Recommendations on Proposed Rules for Indian Schools
July 8, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt returns the Rules for Indian Schools with a few recommendations. Pratt's main recommendation is that students should be as strongly encouraged as possible to enter the general public school system rather than establishing a separate Indian public school system. In addition, Pratt recommends an equal proportion of sexes at…

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Question on how to Handle New Office Policy Regarding Public Schools
August 5, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a clip from the Washington Evening Star regarding a policy change that the Office of Indian Affairs will pay $10 per quarter for Indian students attending public schools. Pratt notes that he was going to publish this clip in the school newspaper but refrained due to fear that patrons would object to taking Carlisle…

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Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Comments on Proposed List of Books for Indian Schools
February 4, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt provides comments to an Office of Indian Affairs letter regarding the various textbooks and education curriculum at the Carlisle Indian School and how it relates to the proposal of the Office for Indian Schools.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to BIA Policy Change Regarding Student Recruitment
March 3, 1891 - March 10, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from Henry A. Kennerly regarding an order from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that discouraged the transfer of mixed blood students to Carlisle. Kennerly notes that unless this order is modified he could not come up with a party of students.

Pratt adds that while he agrees with the sentiment of…

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Provides Update on Rules and Regulations and Article by Harries
October 26, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Thomas J. Morgan informing him that he is printing the rules and regulations for enforcing compulsory attendance in the Red Man. In addition, Pratt writes of a letter of former student George Means that he is forwarding officially under separate cover. Means writes concerning the article published by Mr.…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Proposes Paying Teachers to Attend Summer School
March 9, 1892

Richard Henry Pratt proposes to the Office of Indian Affairs that teachers in the Indian Service be paid to attend a summer school in addition to their one month of paid leave.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Revision of Study for Indian Schools
August 8, 1892

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter in reference to a revision in the course of study for Indian schools. Pratt details the current course of study at the Carlisle Indian School and notes that the change in policy would require an additional two years of study. In addition, he notes that many reservation and…

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
List of Shawnee Students at Carlisle, 1896
September 25, 1896

Richard Henry Pratt provides a list of the members of the Shawnee Nation currently enrolled at the Carlisle Indian School to the Office of Indian Affairs.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Receipt Acknowledgement of Circulars No. 9 and No. 10
May 2, 1898

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs acknowledging receipt of Circulars number 9 and 10 concerning promotions and transfers and employee leaves of absence.

Format:
Legal and Government Documents
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests to be Exempted from Circular Requiring Annual Inventory
September 24, 1900

Richard Henry Pratt requests to exempt the Carlisle Indian School from the Office of Indian Affairs circular dated August 15, 1900 due to already fulfilling many of its requirements through quarterly inventories.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Office Circular Regarding Transferring Students to Non-Reservation Schools
October 8, 1901 - October 23, 1901

Richard Henry Pratt replies to an Office of Indian Affairs Circular No. 54 regarding transferring pupils to non-reservation schools. Pratt also encloses a letter from Edgar A. Allen on the same subject.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Delay in Returning Students with One Eighth Indian Blood
May 16, 1902

Richard Henry Pratt requests to delay implementing the order to return students with one eighth or less Indian blood until July due to limited finances and to allow three students to finish their course of enrollment.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Exemption for Oscar Davis to Remain at Carlisle
May 23, 1902

Richard Henry Pratt requests to keep Oscar Davis through February in order to allow him to graduate despite being covered by the discharge order of the Office of Indian Affairs.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Interior Secretary Disallows Expenses in Transporting Alaskan Students
March 9, 1904

E. A. Hitchcock, Interior Secretary, disallows all expenses incurred in securing students from Alaska from 1903.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Regarding Complaint of Joseph C. Hart
July 26, 1904 - December 6, 1904

Correspondence regarding the complaint of Joseph C. Hart, Superintendent of the Oneida Indian School, regarding the recruitment of students for the Carlisle Indian School without his consent.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Rules Regarding Paying Student Employees, March 1905
March 30, 1905

Captain William A. Mercer acknowledges receipt of a circular from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs mandating that "authorized Indian Irregular Employees" must be paid at the end of each week.

Mercer argues that this new rule should not apply to Carlisle because students are only hired as irregular employees during vacation months, and…

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Offers Amendments to Proposed Regulation Changes
November 28, 1905

William A. Mercer recommends amendments to Regulations of the Indian Office focusing on Section 194 on allowing open market purchases as well as Section 454 with small property being expendable rather than going through a board of survey.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Responds to Request to Return Arline and Claudia Allen
April 26, 1906 - July 11, 1906

William A. Mercer responds to the request to return Claudia and Arline Allen.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Over-18 Enrollment Policies and Philomena Badger
September 9, 1907 - March 25, 1908

These materials include correspondence regarding the re-enrollment of Philomena Badger. Badger's re-enrollment was the cause of clarification on the enrollment policy of pupils over the age of 18. Philomena re-enrolled at Carlisle when she was 18 years old, against the wishes of her guardian; the Commissioner of Indian Affairs decided that…

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