What type of document is this?
What tribe does Ellen belong to?
Does she have any family?
Was she forced to go to the Carlisle Indian School?
How did Lippincott describe Ellen and her siblings? Why did Agent Miles initially decline to send her to Carlisle?
What are some possible concerns to be aware of when analyzing this document?
A letter, written by Pratt, published in a newspaper
Yes- one brother Willie and one sister Nettie, mother is dead
No, according the the document, she wanted to go
Lippincott described her as a "half-breed." Agent Miles did not want to send her or her siblings to Carlisle because he only wanted "full-blooded" Indians to attend the school.
As the newspaper was published by the school for the public to read, they would not want anyone to think they were oppressing the Native children or forcing them to do anything. It is possible that the story was altered, or at least some parts left out.