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Reeves 1916 Report

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A report by John T. Reeves, Special Supervisor, Indian Service, on need of additional land and school facilities for the Indians living in the state of Mississippi.

John R. T. Reeves, a special supervisor for the Indian Service, filed a report on the investigations in 1916. He noted that the Indian children were not allowed to attend white schools and that they refused to attend schools for black children. Reeves summarized the situation:

The schools maintained by the State are of the most elementary character and remain in session for a few months only of each year, frequently not over four or five. The total expense of conducting the six Indian schools during the past session… was $566. But little more could really be expected of the State, as only a few of the Indians are property owners and taxpayers.

The items below are extractions of his official report. They provide the names and ages of the school children enrolled in the six Indian schools he investigated.


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