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Many Native Americans and Euro-Americans realized that education was a key to successful assimilation into Euro-American culture.  Some public schools allowed Indians into their classrooms, and some reservations had day schools for educating Native Americans in the basic subjects.  Then, in 1890, the Carson Indian Boarding School was established at Stewart, just south of Carson City.

Also known as the Stewart Indian School, the curriculum was aimed at teaching Native Americans practical job skills such as housekeeping for the girls, or sewing, as in the photo, taken in 1918.  Girls also worked in the laundry.  Boys were taught printing and farming.

Life at the Indian School was regimented and students wore uniforms.  But they also had time to play.  These boys were using the teeter-totters at the school, and probably playing in the mud puddles, too.

Photo Credits:
Nevada State Museum