About twelve o'clock on Sunday night Captain Pratt arrived at the Junction with eighty-six Sioux Indian children, whom he had just selected from the Rosebud and Pine Sage agency, varying in age from ten to seventeen. Their dress was curious, made of different cheap material, and representing all the shades and colors. Cheap jewelry was worn by the girls. Their moccasins are covered with fancy bead work. They carry heavy blankets or shawls with them, and their apperaance would not suggest that their toilet was a matter of care. Some of them were very pretty, while others are extremely homely. All possessed the large black eye, beautiful pearl-white teeth, the high cheek-bone, straight-cut mouth and peculiar nose.
The school is made up of 63 boys and 23 girls. The reason that there are more boys than girls is that the girls command a ready sale in their tribes at all times, while no value is attached to the boys. About 3000 savages assembled at the agency the night previous to the departure of the party, and kept up a continual howling through the night. On the cars and here they have been very orderly and quiet. Four sons of the famous chief, Spotted Tail, are among the number. The majority of the party are made up of sons and daughters of chiefs. An interpreter and his wife are with the party, and will remain.
The boys will be uniformed in gray material, similar to that worn by the two Indian instructors who have been here for some time. The girls will wear soft woolen dresses. The girls are now stationed in the buildings formerly occupied by the officers, and the boys in the building to the north of the grounds.
Capt. Pratt has selected a gentleman from Williamsport, who will act as superintendent. Our citizens are greatly interested in the school, and we know Captain Pratt will be heartily seconded in his good work by our citizens.

Carlisle "Valley Sentinel"
Friday, October 10, 1879
page 5, column 5

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igmusapa7 said...

The Carlisle Indian School was an experiment to effect massive cultural change. My grandmother was a Carlisle student. I am trying to locate other descendants of Carlisle students in an effort to study to generational effects of the Carlisle experiment. If you are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc., descendant of a Carlisle student, I would appreciate your contact.