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100 years ago: More stringent eligibility requirements to be applied to Haskell

August 14, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for August 14, 1910:

“The Ottawa Herald confirms that practically one-half of the local Indian students attending Haskell Institute are to be barred as a result of more stringent regulations outlined in a letter from H. H. Fiske, superintendent of the institution. The letter says that all students possessing less than 25 percent of Indian blood, and residing more than a mile and one-half from any public school, no longer are eligible to the government institution. Previous restrictions were very loose. Anyone who was one-sixteenth Indian was eligible, and there was no reference to distance from other schools. The ruling will affect about half of the twenty-five or thirty active students from the county and will disbar many other prospectives. No reason is given for the new order, but it is believed to be a policy to diminish the attendance and thus prevent over-crowding which would necessitate additional buildings.... Captain Schuyler Lowe of Independence, Mo, claims to be one of the survivors of the little band of Missourians who invaded the Kansas town of Osawatomie on August 30, 1856. He declares that there was no battle at Osawatomie at any time and that when the Missourians were there, there were only two men killed and they were not fighting.”


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