Correspondence of the Oregon Superintendency
News articles and Southern Oregon-related correspondence with the Oregon Superintendency for Indian Affairs.
INDIAN SCHOOLS AT SILETZ RESERVATION.Colonel T. Jay Buford, Indian agent of Siletz Reservation, was at the St. Charles last evening, and when questioned by an Oregonian reporter in regard to the reservation of which he has charge, said:
"The Siletz Reservation comprises about 225,000 acres of good land, and has a population of 568 Indians, according to a census just completed. Among these Indians 32 distinct tribes are represented, but the languages spoken are merged into three--the Rogue River, Tututni and Alsea dialects. There is a manual training school upon the reservation, in charge of Superintendent Fairfield and a corps of five competent teachers. The attendance of the school at present is 70, and the young Indians, during the time they spend in school, are allowed to speak nothing but the English language. They are taught the common English branches: farming, stock-raising and some trades.
Many of the Indians are first-rate farmers, and they had for sale this year 10,000 bushels of oats and 4000 bushels of potatoes. The allotment of public lands has just been completed, each Indian receiving 80 acres, and total amount of lands allotted was 44,200 acres. The remainder of the land will be sold by the government for the Indians. When I first took charge of affairs at the reservation everything was a terrible state of ruin and neglect, but the present administration furnished me with every facility to put the government buildings in proper shape, and I think the coming administration will find it hard to improve upon the present management of Indian affairs.
Corvallis Gazette, December 2, 1892, page 4
Last revised January 28, 2020