Leupp Superintendent Annual Reports, 1920


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Section III Narrative. Schools . Extensive building now going on will make a well balanced and highly efficient institution of Leupp. With the bridges to be built across the Canyon Diablo and Little Colorado River giving constant access to the north part of this reservation and alos to the Mo qui reservation, this school will be most favorably situated to educate the large number of Navajo children on that reservation now without school facilities of any kind. There are 2000 Navajo Indians making their home on the so- called Moqui reservation, and it is and always has been as much their home as it has been the Hopi. When the bridges go in by far the best road from Keams Canyon to the railroad wiii_ be across the bridges here and then to Canyon Diablo or Winslow. The Hopi could bring coal here from the mines at Keems Canyon end take Government supplies back making a load both ways. Warehouses could be put here and one tractor end trailers could easily haul all freight from the railroad at Canyon Diablo, and have it here ready for the Indiens to load Por return over the bridges and by the shortest and best route from the railroad to Keems Canyon. I am quite sure from a very extensive personal knowledge of the Navajo country that there is no place anywhere neer as well situated as this is for a big school. And a little school is no longer possible from an economical and every other standpoint. The altitude is four thousand seven hundred feet and extremes of either heat or cold are rare. It would be ideal for a large hospital. I have emphasized the necessity for the students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the English language. If a school does not do this for the Indien it is a failure no matter what else it claims to have accomplished. Next is the acquiring of a vocation. The greatest success is attained by those who specialize. And no school can properly Pit its students for the battle of life unless it is large enough to handle the vocational courses thoroughly well. This little school has adapted itsell to the needs of the Indian in so far as it possibly can. English and industries are carried as far as our limited facilities will permit. But both efficiency and economy demend that the school be reconstructed on a larger plan in every wey. Tinencially the past year has been one of making ends meet 11 possible, end doing without. Conditions were so extreordinary that no feir comparison can be made with any normal year.

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alejandro said:

itsell should be itself

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