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Correspondence on the Subject of Teaching the Vernacular in Indian Schools. 1887-'88.
Author: Atkins, J. D. C.
Reference #: 1390
List Price: $880.00
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1888. Small Octavo. Wrappers. Fine 27 pp., issued under the direction of Atkins, then Commissioner of the United States Indian Office, Department of the Interior. In the prefatory note date April 16, 1888, and addressed to "All Indian Agents", he writes: "In view of the many misunderstandings that have arisen on the subject of the order of the Indian Office forbidding the teaching of any Indian vernacular in schools on reservations, I have deemed it proper to print the accompanying correspondence, which give the true intent and meaning of the order, for the information and guidance of those who are charged with the management of Indian Schools." Apart from the obvious re-affirmation of Federal policy at the time, the wording strongly suggests that not all of those involved in the education taking place on Reservation Land were in accord with the policy. The booklet reprints letters he received, and his responses. There is also much of interest on the issue of Christian Missionaries and their work on Indian land, including queries from the American Bible Society referencing their work in translating the Bible into native languages, specifically 'the Dakota'. Important in historical context, and scarce. Previous owner name in fine pen at top edge of front wrapper, Else Fine.
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