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Teachers and Administration

Indian Training School teachers

Indian School staff in 1883 or 4

Levi and Belle Walker and Family

Teachers Belle and Levi Walker and family

Two Native Americans with a white man

Administrator and native assistants at Chemawa, probably 1886 or later

The founder of the Forest Grove Indian Training School was an Army officer, Captain M.C. Wilkinson, who also taught military science at Pacific University. Others from the local community taught trades such as shoemaking, blacksmithing and sewing at the school, alongside English, math and religion. Native students worked in supporting roles. A spreadsheet of teachers and administrators lists known employees. 

Although Pacific never directly administered the school, its Board of Trustees worked hard to keep it in Forest Grove. The next pages of this exhibit include Minutes from the Board of Trustees as well as letters from others connected to the school.