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The Committe on course of study for the
United States Indian schools recently con
vened by the Commissioner of Indian Af
fairs, Cato Sells, after several weeks' work
in conference at Washington lias completed
a course of study which will give to the
Indians the best vocational training offered
by any school system in the United States.
As these schools must train Indian youth
of both sexes to assume the duties and re
sponsibilities of self-support and citizenship,
this course strongly emphasizes vocational
It is divided in three divisions. The first
is the beginning stage, the second the find
ing stage, and the third the finishing stage.
During the first and second periods the
training in domestic and industrial activi
ties centers around the conditions essen
tial to the improvement and proper main
tenance of the home and farm. The course
outlined in the prevocational division is
unique in the fact that in addition to the
the regular academic subjects, boys are re
quired to take practical courses in farming,
gardening, dairying, farm carpentry, farm
^blacksmithing, farm engineering, farm ma
sonry, farm painting and shoe and harness
repairing, and all girls are required to take
courses in home cooking, sewing, launder
ing, nursing, poultry raising and kitchen
This couise not only prepares the Indian
youth for industrial efficiency but at the
same time helps them to find those activi
ties for which they are best adapted and to
which they should apply themselves definite
ly during the vocational period, the charac
ter and amount of academic work being de
termined by its relathe value and import
ance as a means of sohing the problems of
the farmer, mechanic and housewife.
Non-essentials are eliminated. One-half
of each day is given to industrial training
and the other half to academic studies. All
effort is directed toward training Indian
boys and girls for efficient and useful lives
under the conditions which thej musjt uieen
after leaving' school. Other objects to which
this comse directs special attention are
health, motherhood and child-welfare, civics,
community meetings and extension work.
On the 27th of October fire burned an
area covering over oiie-liaif of toys nships 131
and 152, Range 38.
There was not a great deal of damage
done. The most serious being William
Sayers who lost about twenty tops of hay
valued at $50 and 160 telephone poles, prop
erty of the Agency, valued at $80.00.
RE LAK E NEW S
SUBSCRIBE FOR THE NEWS
RED LAKE, MINNESOTA, DECEMBER 1, 1915.
Peter Sitting has completed a new resi
dence south of the Chippewa Trading Store,
and is now well prepared for the winter.
Selam Hart is seriously ill, suffering with
Frank Beaulieu, thirty three years old,
died November 30th as the result of a hem
Stonenian killed a wolf, and it was report
ed that David Loud and Way daush kun id
had each killed a bear.
Frank Defoe and Frank Gurneau have
been about the only successful deer hunters
during the past two weeks.
Stephen Singer of Kratka, Minnesota,
was at the Agency for several days and
negotiated with Father Thomas for the
purchase of a large quantity of oats.
Mr. S. R. Anderson, an insurance agent
having offices in the McKnight building,
Minneapolis, made quite an extended trip
on the reservation selling life inusrance.
Mr. Ii. L. Fairbanks of White Earth was
a pleasant visitor at the Agency for several
The pay party motored to Ponemah No
vember 20th, returning on the 27th.
^Mr. R."S. TrayTtfr/an Inspector" of "the
Interior Department, left for Cloquet after
a stay of several weeks at the Agency.
Mr. William Donner on Nevember 30th
accepted the new hospital constructed by
the National Contracting Company of
Alexandria, Minnesota, at a cost of $19,140.
She bah yaun ah quod was successful in
trapping a black fox recently. He left
for Minneapolis to negotiate for its sale.
Mr. Nathan J. Head, Forest Ranger, is
in the Iron Range District in the vicinity of
Chisholni and Hibbing attending to legal
matters for the government in connection
ith the boundaries of the 1855 treaty made
itli the Indians.
The Little Rock Club has been very busy
lately helping each other prepare for the
winter. They have constructed a log barn
for Bazil Maxwell and William Prentice,
repaired the house of O bah bah me je wun
oke, and are now building a house for Mis
)ua day aince. On November 24th they
held a meeting and talked over their needs
for next spring's work.
Henry Barret, the infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. Adolph Barret was buried December
Our yearly allowance of bran, shorts, and
oats have arrived. We have also received
two cars of timothy which is relished by
Dr. Culp is very busy lately putting the
fixtures in the hospital and getting it ready
MeKinley King recently killed a bear near
While Moses Ward was hauling hay form
near the Farm Station one of his horses
John English lost one of his horses while
hauling wood to the school.
The introduction of intoxicating liquors
into this reservation or its sale to non
citizen Indians is forbidden by law under
a penalty of imprisonment for not less
than sixty days.
See Act of January 30, 1897 (29 State
FARM STATION ITEMS.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gurneau^
on the 22nd, a baby girl.
John J. Spears has put some needed re
pairs on his house located on his tentative
allotment in order to make it comfortable
for the winter. He moved with his family
from Eed Lake about a week ago.
Miss Josephine Brun is filling temporari
ly the cook's place at the Red Lake School
in the absence of Miss Mireau.
Louis Gurneau brought back a load of
lumber from the Agency recently and put
a new floor in his house.
Gus Lajanesse, policeman, made a trip
to the Agency the 30th to get his check and
Gilbert Lussier's family is staying at
Red Lake while Gilbert is repairing their
taken to the Agency recently to i near the
doctor for treatment.
BED LAKE SCHOOL ITEMS.
A large audience enjoyed the Thanksgiv
ing entertainment. The feature of the pro
gram was a pantomime, Hiawatha. The pub
lic school children assisted with songs and
The boys are hauling freight from the
depot nearly every day.
Miss Esther, Mireau, school cook, has left
for a week's visit with her people near Wil
niot, So. Dakota.
Mr. Buckland, Principal, went to Be
midji last Monday.
Ben Brown, a Red Lake boy now at Has
kell writes that he misses the skating. He
says Haskell is doing a great deal for him
and that he hopes other boys will get into
school work with him.
Thanksgiving Day saw the school tables
burdened "with good things and decorated
for the occasion. The police ttere the guests
of the school. Mr. Dickens, Supt., and the
school employees assisted to serve dinner.
Archdeacon Parshall of Cass Lake, held
services Thursday morning at St. John's
Mission, Red Lake.
BIG BIRD MARRIES MARY ONE DAY
Amos Big Bird was this Tuesday married
to Miss Mary One Day by Judge M. A. Clark
of the Probate court. Both are Indians
and are residents of the Red Lake reserva