Pacific University Trustees 1879 meeting minutes on the creation of the Indian School

Title

Pacific University Trustees 1879 meeting minutes on the creation of the Indian School

Description

Minutes taken at a meeting of the Pacific University Board of Trustees on June 4, 1879. This was the first time when the Indian Training School was noted in the Trustees' records. The board voted to request Lieutenant Wilkinson, who would become the first superintendent of the Forest Grove Indian Training School, to serve as a professor of military science at Pacific. It also notes: 'Lieut. Wilkinson has placed before the Board of Trustees the purpose and plan of the Interior Department to educate at some institution, upon this coast a certain number of Indian youth of both sexes, and the Board of Trustees make this application for the detail of Lieut. Wilkinson, with the understanding that this Board of Trustees incur no pecuniary liability thereby, and that the government pay all the necessary expenses attending the same.' Furthermore, they noted the passage of a motion: 'Resolved that the President and Secretary of this institution be and hereby are authorized to negotiate with the proper officers of the government for carrying into effect the proposition to supervise the education of Indian youth ...'

Creator

Pacific University. Board of Trustees

Is Part Of

Pacific University Board of Trustees Minutes (RG.2)

Subject

Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School

Place

Forest Grove, Oregon

Identifier

PUA_RG2_1.pdf

Source

Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives

Other Media

Resolved, that this Board having heard the statements of Lieut. M.C. Wilkinson from the Hon. Sec'y. of War & Sec'y. of the Interior of the U.S.A. do hereby request his detail as Military Professor, as follows.

Forest Grove Oregon, June 4 1879
The Honorable Secretary of War, Washington D.C.

Sir,

I have the honor to inform you that at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Tualatin Academy & Pacific University held on this 4th day of June 1879, it was voted, in accordance with sections 1225 & 1160, Revised Statutes, to request the detail of 1st Lieut. M.C. Wilkinson, 3rd Infrantry, as Military Professor at this University. No other army officer is so detailed in this state. This university has the capacity to educate the requisite number of students.

Lieut. Wilkinson has placed before the Board of Trustees the purpose and plan of the Interior Department to educate at some institution upon this coast a certain number of Indian Youth of both sexes, and the Board of Trustees make this application for the detail of Lieut. Wilkinson, with the understanding that this Board of Trustees incur no pecuniary liability thereby, and that the government pay all the necessary expenses attending the same.

Resolved, that the President and Secretary of this Institution be and hereby are authorized to negotiate with the proper officers of the government for carrying into effect the propositions to supervise the education of Indian youth as per letter of date June 4th addressed to the Hon. Secretary of War.

Signed & sealed by A. Hinman Prest. [President of the Board of Trustees] & G. Atkinson Secy. [Secretary of the Board of Trustees].
[Sent?] H. F. [Henry Failing] & A.H. [Alanson Hinman] & J.W.M. [Joseph Walker Marsh]