By Edwin L. Chalcraft
In this memoir Chalcraft discusses the furnish peace coverage, the inspection procedure, allotment, the remedy of tuberculosis, corporal punishment, alcoholism, and patronage. broad insurance is usually given to the Indian Shaker Church and the government’s reaction to this perceived risk to assimilation. Assimilation’s Agent illuminates the occasionally treacherous political maneuverings and tough judgements confronted via executive officers at Indian boarding colleges. It deals a infrequently heard and this day debatable "top-down" view of presidency rules to coach and assimilate Indians.
Drawing on a wide number of unpublished letters and records, Cary C. Collins’s advent and notes provide vital ancient historical past and context. Assimilation’s Agent illustrates the government's long term application for facing local peoples and the shortcomings of its procedure in the course of the most consequential eras within the lengthy and sometimes heritage of yank Indian and white relations.
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Mr. Henderson preached & with Mr. Eells at the organ we had good services. The Indians sang songs, talked, and offered prayers in their own language. This evening we had singing and prayer. Monday, October 1 Mr. Eells left for Tenino early this morning. It was raining some. I was in the school room this morning some. This afternoon I did my ﬁrst sewing for an Indian. The children take [to] their various parts of the work, and never have to be told the second time how things are to be done. All are tired.
0pt PgVar ——— Short Page PgEnds: TEX [-51], (43) wash clothes. [H]e could learn that much at home. So if he can’t learn any thing besides working in the laundry he can come home. 76 Family separation and limited communication between Chemawa and home were other sources of parental concern. “I don’t know why or cant understand why I do not get no letter from Charley,” a mother anguished. ” But the greatest fear of parents — realized in all too many instances — was the death of a son or daughter.
In March 1911, he charged Chalcraft with both superintendent- and student-administered whippings and student immorality. Chalcraft was given three days to justify his actions or face removal. The superintendent submitted a lengthy explanation, but without effect. On April 28, the commissioner drafted a suspension order. Meanwhile Chalcraft braced himself for the deﬁning battle of his life. “A ﬁght to the ﬁnish was now on,” he vented in his memoir. 80 Chalcraft, in support of his disciplinary policy, mounted a furious defense.