Girls in the Kitchen
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     Boarding schools were set up across the country to teach Indian children how to live in a white world. To go to school, many children had to leave their families behind. They often went a long way from home to live at these schools. Spotted Tailís children went to Pennsylvania. Soon each reservation would have one or more boarding schools. Some were run by the government. Others were run by missionaries. The children learned how to read and write English. They also learned how to bake bread, how to sew, and how to farm or run a printing press. They could not speak their own language. They had to become Christians. Many were not happy there. Flandreau Indian School was one of the largest boarding schools in South Dakota. The girls in the picture are learning how to cook there.