Carlisle Indian School


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Carlisle Indian School,

in Carlisle, Pa., the first federally supported school for Native Americans to be established off a reservation; it was founded in 1879 by Richard Henry PrattPratt, Richard Henry,
1840–1924, American soldier and educator, b. Rushford, N.Y. He served in the Union army during the Civil War and then in the Indian wars in the West, where he became interested in the cultural problems of the Native Americans.
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. Its football team, led by Jim ThorpeThorpe, Jim
(James Francis Thorpe), 1888–1953, American athlete, b. near Prague, Okla. Thorpe was probably the greatest all-round male athlete the United States has ever produced. His mother, a Sac, named him Bright Path.
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 and coached by Glenn WarnerWarner, Glenn Scobey,
1871–1954, American football coach, commonly known as "Pop" Warner, b. Springville, N.Y., grad. Cornell (LL.B., 1894). He excelled as guard (1892–94) on the Cornell football team. As coach (1895–96) of the Univ.
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, brought the school nationwide attention. Pratt, who strenuously opposed the Indian Bureau's efforts to establish schools closer to the reservations, was relieved of his superintendency in 1904. The school was closed in 1918.
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A particularly powerful testimony of this academic resistance is found in the writings of Zitkala Sa, a turn-of the century Yanktoni Dakota Sioux woman (aka Gertrude Bonnin, see Fisher, 1979; Enoch, 2001), who became an Indian teacher at the Carlisle Indian School.
In the same year, he led his Carlisle Indian School football team to the national collegiate championship, scoring 25 touchdowns.
Specifically, he embraced the off-reservation boarding school model created by Captain Richard Henry Pratt of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.
As readers of Keep A-Goin' will discover this is an encouraging tale of personal persistence in self-discovery and determined survival throughout his prolific career and seemingly endless personal and professional difficulties from his days attending the Carlisle Indian School, through his move to Washington State as head football coach from 1915-1917, then coaching for the mare island team of the U.
A gifted athlete and fierce competitor, Thorpe's hall-of-fame career includes leading his Carlisle Indian School of Pennsylvania football team to the national collegiate championship; playing professional baseball with the New York Giants and the Boston Braves; and winning gold medals in both the pentathlon and the decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games held in Sweden.
Then May 27 and 28, a powwow at Carlisle Indian school, where Thorpe's athletic prowess first was recognized, will recognize him too.