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CHAPTER XXI.-INDIAN RESERVATIONS OF WISCONSIN AND WYOMING.

(Senate Ex. Doc. No. 95, Forty-eighth Congress, second session.)

Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting, in answer to Senate

resolution of the 23d instant, a report of the Commissioner of Education regarding the progress of Indian education and civilization.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

February 23, 1885. Resolved, that the Secretary of the Interior be directed to furnish to the Senate the information in the possession of the Commissioner of Education, showing the progress of Indian education and civilization. Attest:

Axson G. McCook,

Secretary, FEBRUARY 26, 1885.-Ordered to be printed, and, with the accompanying papers,

referred to the Committee on Printing,
MARCH 3, 1885.-Accompanying papers ordered to be printed.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 25, 1885. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a resolution of the Senate, dated 23d instant, in the following words:

That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to furnish to the Senate the information in possession of the Commissioner of Education, showing the progress of Indian education and civilization.

The Commissioner of Education having been called upon for report, has this day submitted the accompanying letter, with copies of papers containing the information desired. Very respectfully,

H. M. TELLER,

Secretary. The PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

BUREAU OF EDUCATION,

Washington, D. O., July 16, 1887. SIR: In obedience to instructions from the Department conveying a resolution of the United States Senate of February 23, 1885, calling for

The report was subsequently returned to the Commissioner for further revision and amendment.

the information possessed by this Office in regard to the progress of Indian education and civilization, I have the honor to forward the accompanying report prepared by Alice C. Fletcher, partly froin material collected by this Office and partly from the results of her own wide and varied knowledge of the subject.

The material now forwarded comprises a historical résumé of the relations between the Indians and the American colonists prior to the War of the Revolution, and of the origin and progress of the Indian policy of the Government from that date to the present time, with statements respecting the agencies, reservations, lands, legal status, population, trade, and education of these wards of the nation. I beg to invite special attention to the zeal, industry, and judgment shown by Miss Fletcher in the preparation of this material and the treatment of these important topics, qualities which do credit to the author and render this document of great value to the Government and the people of the country. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. H. R. DAWSON,

Commissioner. The Hon. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.

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