Children and Schools

The Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs offers interesting information about life on early day Indian reservations. The following data from the 1880 report includes the Los Pinos and the Southern Ute Agencies in Colorado.  There were no reports for the White River Agency for that year and the Bureau noted the agency had been abandoned.

In 1880 the total combined population of the Los Pinos and the Southern Ute Reservations was 2,530 people. There were 250 children of school age at Los Pinos and 300 on the Southern Ute Reservation. But there were no schools.

Only 10 Utes on the Los Pinos Reservation were able to read; none on the Southern Ute Reservation.

There was only one house at Los Pinos occupied by Indians. That must have been the home of Ouray and Chipeta. No Utes on the Southern Ute Reservation lives in houses.

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