By Liz Sonneborn
Liz Sonneborn profiles 152 American Indian girls who've had an impression on their society and the realm at huge. This quantity provides tales of ladies from numerous areas of North the United States, in addition to from an enormous array of tribes.
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After a stormy courtship, the two had become engaged, but in August 1901, Simmons broke it oﬀ. Both were passionate about working to better the lives of Indian people, but they disagreed violently about how to accomplish their goals. He supported the vocational education Carlisle provided, while she wanted to improve reservation schools and help preserve Indian ways. After he refused to work alongside her on the reservation, she wrote him angrily, “Perhaps the Indians are not human 21 Bonnin, Gertrude Simmons enough to waste your skill upon!
After graduating in 1897, Simmons was invited to join the teaching staﬀ of the Carlisle Industrial Boarding School in Pennsylvania. Founded by Colonel Richard Henry Pratt, the prestigious school was a model for Indian schools throughout the United States. Simmons spent only a year and a half at the job. She was unhappy with Pratt’s ideas about Indian education. He believed that Indians should be trained to work as farmers or as menial laborers, but Simmons felt this approach was too limiting. She thought Indians should also be taught academic subjects just as white students were.
Although scholars debate whether the couple was ever wed, they probably were married in a Mohawk ceremony and deﬁnitely were considered husband and wife by both their Indian and white neighbors. During their many years together, Brant bore either eight or nine children. There is little doubt that Johnson had great aﬀection and regard for Brant. But he may have married her at least in part for political reasons. His association with her earned him further respect among the Mohawk. ” Being Johnson’s wife, in turn, gave Brant more inﬂuence than she otherwise might have had.