Statistics on government schools for Indians, 1899

Statistics of Indian Tribes, Indian Agencies, and Indian Schools of Every Character.


This little handbook is a compendium of statistics that includes basic data on Wisconsin Indian schools at the height of assimilation and the boarding school era. After listing all the federally recognized tribes and their agents, it details every school in the country operated or funded by the government: numbers of students, teachers, budgets, physical plant, etc. It does not contain any descriptive accounts by students, teachers, or administrators but only tables and statistical data.

Wisconsin schools are scattered throughout the volume on the following pages:

    Menominee, Stockbridge and Oneida Schools, 35-36 and 166-167
    Lake Superior Ojibwe schools, 39-40 and 167-170
    Tomah Indian School, 97
    Oneida Day Schools, 166-171

It does not describe any Ho-Chunk schools because there was no Ho-Chunk reservation or agent in Wisconsin; many Ho-Chunk children attended the Tomah Indian School, however.

It also does not describe privately run missionary schools such as the one at Neillsville, in Clark Co. Early 19th-century missionary schools are described in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, 64/4: 242-260 and 58/2: 140-148, and many of their records are printed in Wisconsin Historical Collections, vol. XIV There is no convenient summary of missionary schools in Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century.




Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
The Progressive Era
First Peoples
Americanization and the Bennett Law
Creator: United States. Dept. of the Interior.
Pub Data: (Washington: Govt. Print. Off., 1899). "Corrected to January 1, 1899."
Citation: United States. Dept. of the Interior. Statistics of Indian Tribes, Indian Agencies, and Indian Schools of Every Character. (Washington: Govt. Print. Off., 1899). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1669; Visited on: 9/2/2014
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