- A worried mother writes her son’s boarding school
December 14, 1921 to December 20, 1921 Whatcom, Washington Boarding Schools, Cultural Assimilation, Native Americans
On December 14, 1921 a worried mother wrote a letter to the Superintendent at the Tulalip Indian Agency. In the letter she addressed her concern for her son Robert’s failing health, and asked the Superintendent to let Robert return home for the holiday season. Six days later, she received the Superintendent’s typed response denying her request. He stated that none of the school’s students would...
- Parents learn their child has died
1907 Hennepin, Minnesota Health Care, Cultural Assimilation, Boarding Schools, Native Americans
In 1907, the parents of a Native American child Lizzie received a heartbreaking letter. The letter was from the superintendent of the Flandreau Boarding School where Lizzie attended. The Superintendent wrote that Lizzie had died from slow tuberculosis days before the letter was written. In the letter he claimed that he had been away at the time of Lizzie’s death, and was unable to write her mother...