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Assimilation's Agent: My Life as a Superintendant in the Indian Boarding School System

Chalcraft was hired by the Office of Indian Affairs (now known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs) in 1883. During his nearly four decades of service, he worked at a number of Indian boarding schools and agencies, including the Chehalis Indian School in Oakville, Washington; Puyallup Indian School in Tacoma, Washington; Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon; Wind River Indian School in Wind River, Wyoming; Jones Male Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma; and Siletz Indian Agency in Oregon.

In this memoir Chalcraft discusses the Grant Peace Policy, the inspection system, allotment, the treatment of tuberculosis, corporal punishment, alcoholism and patronage. Extensive coverage it also given to the Indian Shaker Church and the government's response to this perceived threat to assimilation.

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Author Edwin L. Chalcraft
Contributions Edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins
Publication Date 2004
Book Details Hard cover, 360 pages
ISBN 0-8032-0435-3