BIA 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
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 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 he while he agrees with the sentiment…

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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
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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.

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Legal and Government Documents
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
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.

Format:
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
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
Request for Return Home of Old Town Reservation Student
October 8-19, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the return of a student from the Old Town Indian Reservation in Maine. Carlisle's superintendent initially denied the request, before the Office of Indian Affairs determined that the school should not focus on educating students who were not under the care of the Office.

Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Return of Richmond Martin and Discontinuance of Enrollment of Pupils from New York State
May 12, 1908 - May 12, 1909

These materials include correspondence regarding the return home of Richmond Martin to New York. The documents also discuss in detail new Bureau of Indian Affairs policies related to the discontinued enrollment of pupils from New York State as well as pupils of a young age.

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Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Dispute Regarding Release of New York Students
June 24, 1908 - September 28, 1908

These materials contain correspondence regarding a dispute about the release of students from New York State, as pursuant to Bureau of Indian Affairs policy changes regarding the enrollment of students from New York.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Abolish and Transfer Assistant Disciplinarian and Teacher Positions
November 30 - December 10, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to abolish an assistant disciplinarian and a teacher position because both of these positions are no longer necessary after the new rule that students must be at least fourteen years old. Assistant Disciplinarian Louis Felix is in the small boys quarters and Teacher Ella Petoskey is…

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Change Appointment Procedures
April 4, 1909

These materials include a letter from Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Robert Valentine to Carlisle's Superintendent, Moses Friedman, proposing a change to how employment appointments are made for the Carlisle Indian School. Valentine suggested bringing Carlisle's appointment policies in line with the rest of Bureau, placing that…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Reorganization of the Appointment Process
April 4, 1909

Acting Commissioner R. G. Valentine informs Superintendent Moses Friedman that they are reorganizing the Education Division of the Office, so the organizations dealing with appointments for schools and agencies have now been combined into one office specializing only in appointments.

Valentine also asks if Friedman would be comfortable…

Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Enroll Student from Alaska
July 20, 1909 - August 2, 1909

These materials include correspondence regarding a request to enroll a student from Alaska. The request was denied due to appropriations not being allocated to educate Alaskan students in the Continental United States.

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Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Draft of 30th Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian School
July 31, 1909 - August 6, 1909

These materials include correspondence and a draft of Superintendent Friedman's 30th Annual Report for the Carlisle Indian School, reflecting the period ending July 31, 1909. Friedman forwarded the draft to a Bureau official, along with information on how to have news published in Carlisle's student newspaper. The annual report includes…

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Financial Documents, Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Enrollment of Canadian Citizen
March 24-28, 1910

These materials include correspondence regarding a request from Cary W. Hartman to enroll at Carlisle a Native student from Canada. The request was denied by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs due to the fact that the student was not a ward of the United States or an American Citizen. He suggested Hartman reach out to the Department of Indian…

Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Change in Consideration Procedure for Overage Applicants
October 14, 1910

These materials include a letter from Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs F. H. Abbott to Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman, suggesting that future applications from overaged individuals be forwarded to the Bureau for expedited consideration.

Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration
Inspection Report on Record Keeping at the Carlisle Indian School
February 20, 1911 - October 6, 1911

These materials include correspondence and reports on the record keeping system for student files at the Carlisle Indian School. Supervisor of Indian Schools Charles F. Pierce was critical of the decentralized nature of the student file records. Pierce recommended that Nellie Robertson Denny, a clerk at the school, be put in…

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Letters/Correspondence, Reports
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Repository:
National Archives and Records Administration