June 13, 1908
To the Hon. Commissioner of Indian Affairs
This is a letter from Theresa Green to the Office of Indian Affairs.
I like to get an aid from you to get my daughter Marie Arteshaw home from Carlisle Pa. School Which I sent there three years ago in next Aug. I only made three years contract when she went to stay in that school.
Theresa requests that the Office help her daughter, Marie Arteshaw, return home. Marie is currently a student at the Carlisle Indian School.
I wrote to the Supt. Moses Friedman the other day asking him to send her home this summer
Theresa wrote to the school, but the school refused her request.
and he told me that my contract was for five years which I only made for three years in any acknowledgment.
Theresa believes she signed a three-year contract, but the school insists she signed a five-year contract.
She has been in the Government schools since she was about five or six years old and she is pasted eighteen now and she wants to come home now and my-self I like to see her come home now. And that is the only child I have, so I am anxious to see her.
Your’s Truly Theresa Green
Marie wants to come home, and Theresa is eager to see her daughter.
Theresa Green, “Request for Marie Arteshaw to Return Home.” Three letters between Theresa Green and the office of Indian Affairs, 1908. National Archives and Records Administration.
Department of the Interior United States Indian Service Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, PA. Subject: Reports on request of Mrs. Theresa Green for return of daughter Marie Artishaw. June 27, 1908The Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C.
This is a letter from the superintendent of the Carlisle Indian School to the Office of Indian Affairs.
I am in receipt of your Office letter (Education 40302-1908) dated the 26th instant, referring, for report and recommendation, a letter from Mrs. Theresa Green, of Odanah, Wis., asking that her daughter, Marie Arteshaw, be sent home.
The superintendent is providing a report to the Office regarding Theresa’s request that her daughter, Marie, be sent home.
Reporting on the matter, I have to say that Marie Arteshaw was enrolled at this school on September 4, 1905, for the period of five years. There is on file here a consent properly signed by Theresa Green and Marie Arteshaw, dated August 29, 1905. It is on the regular form used at that time, upon which the period of enrollment, “five(5)years” is printed. The girl was brought from La Pointe Agency, with other pupils, by Mrs. A. E. Saxon.
Marie enrolled at the school in 1905. She and her mother signed a contract stating she would be at the school for five years.
Marie has been giving some trouble in the country home to which she went this spring under our outing system, but she has now been transferred to another home where it is believed she will get along well.
Marie has recently been in trouble at the school, but the staff believes that her behavior may improve.
Her dissatisfaction the past few weeks has doubtless caused her to request her mother to endeavor to secure her release.
The superintendent thinks that Marie probably asked her mother if she could come home because she got in trouble.
In view of all circumstances, I respectfully recommend that the mother be informed that no sufficient reason exists for sending her daughter home at this time.
As directed, the letter of Mrs. Green is returned herewith.
Very respectfully, M. Friedman Superintendent.
For the above reasons, the superintendent recommends that Marie stay at the school because there is no good reason for her to leave.
Friedman, Moses. Moses Friedman to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. June 27, 1908. National Archives and Records Administration.
Department of the Interior Office of Indian Affairs
Washington July 1, 1908 Subject: Request for return of daughter from the school.
This is a letter from the Office of Indian Affairs to Theresa Green.
Mrs. Theresa Green, Odanah, Wisconsin. My Friend: Your letter of the 13th ultimo, asking that your daughter, Marie Arteshaw, be returned from Carlise School was referred to Superintendent Friedman for a report.
Theresa’s original letter was sent to the superintendent of the Carlisle School. He provided a report to the Office of Indian Affairs.
It appears that you signed a consent blank whereon the period of enrolment is given as five years, and that, under this action of yours the girl is not entitled to go home until the summer of 1910 unless because of graduation or other sufficient cause she is released earlier.
Very respectfully, Acting Commissioner.
Theresa signed a five-year contract, and her daughter is not allowed to leave until 1910, unless she graduates or has another reason for leaving early. Theresa’s request is denied.
Acting Commissioner, Office of Indian Affairs. Acting Commissioner, Office of Indian Affairs to Theresa Green. Washington, D.C. July 1, 1908. National Archives and Records Administration.