|Cantonment Indian Boarding School
Cheyenne and Arapaho Letterbooks, Vol. 20:236-239.
G.D. Williams, Indian Agent, to Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Commissioner Atkins, August 10, 1887.
In accordance with instructions of office letter of the 9th ult. I have the honor to report that in the latter part of May last there were rumors about Cantonment, involving the moral character of Mr. Haury. As he had the entire confidence of this community as well as my own, and standing so high in his church, I gave them no credence. June 4th. Mr. Haury advised me, by letter, of his resignation as Missionary among these Indians without alleging any cause. On the 22nd. day of June last in the company with Inspector Gardner, I visited Cantonment and learned beyond question that the charges were true.
During the second day of inspection of Indian houses a number of headmen of the Cheyennes talked with Inspector Gardner about the matter saying that they did not wish any more such men sent among them and that they desired Mr. Haury sent away. They were assured he was about to depart, which he did in a few days thereafter.
These Indians do not entertain the highest sentiment regarding chasity and while I do not believe the unfortunate act within itself would deter them from sending their children to the school, they will use it, as an incontrovertible argument against a mission school under the same patronage and decline to support it. This applies more particularly to the Cheyennes who are largely in the majority at Cantonment and who have no earnest desire for the education of their children.
They grasp every excuse for witholding their children; for two years past they have given as a reason that the buildings were old, damp and unhealthful, but as soon as a new building was built they would fill it.
In view of this I submit that they will use the late unfortunate occurance with great effect among their people.I do not believe the scandal will in the least injure the mission school located at the Agency and in charge of the Rev. Mr. Voth, as for several years past Mr. Haury, has not, in the Indians mind, been identified with it, amd I am constrained to believe that the Cantonment mission will not soon recover from the recent blow and that its success for the next year or two is in grave doubt.
The present "picked" structure at Cantonment will serve another year with some few repairs but a new building is needed and I believe it should be conducted solely by the Government to insure its success. /S/ G.D. Williams.
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|Hearing Before E. B. Meritt, Assistant Commissioner Of Indian Affairs
Feb. 12, 1920
"Concerning the wish of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians to have the Cantonment Boarding School continued."
Delegates: ( All These Cheyennes from Cantonment, Oklahoma) Mower, Chief; George Curtis; Herbert Walker; White Wolf, Chief; Yellow Hawk, Chief; Man on Cloud, Chief; Little Hand, Chief; Red Leg, Headman; Alfred Brown, Headman.
Interpreter for Cheyennes: John Otterby.
Delegates for Arapahoes: Lime, Carlton, Oklahoma,Chief; Bringing Good, Eagle City, Oklahoma; Big Nose, Geary, Oklahoma, (Not to be confused with Cheyenne Big Nose, POW); Medicine Grass, Geary, Oklahoma; Little Bear, Greenfield.
Interpreter for Arapahoes: Chase Harrington.
(The following is the speech presented to Mr. Meritt by Man on Cloud, Cheyenne Chief)
Mr. Meritt: It is a great pleasure to have you here this morning. It is somewhat unusual to have so many Indians from one reservation to visit Washington and especially to come here with their full Indian garb. You present a great picture.
We will be glad to take up with you now, Indian matters that you want to talk about.
We have a stenographer here who will take down what you say and we will then furnish you with a copy of the statements you make; we will also write you a letter about the various matters that you ask about, and about which you desire information. Have you made any arrangements as to who should be heard first.?
Interpreter (John Otterby): No, I do not think there has been any definite arrangements made, as to who shall speak first.
Man on cloud: I have always worried about finding a way to come to the Indian Office to meet the Commissioner and Secretaries of the Government. I would like to lay a few matters before you.
Mr. Meritt: We are always glad to hear you and get your opinion on these different matters.
Man on Cloud: It seems to me they are always having a change of Agency----do not retain the Superintendent at one place long enough. The Superintendent stays a very short time, and then they transfer him.
Mr. Meritt: We have a good Superintendent there now.
Man on Cloud: I know they have a good Superintendent there and I want to have him kept there and that is also one of my requests, besides having the school continued there. More of the Indians are located closer to Cantonment than any other Agency. We were sent here by our Tribe to lay these matters before you, and them at home all know what they sent us here for. The Indian men would be glad if you would grant this request that we put before you. That is all I have to say.
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