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Copyright © 2022 Peter Lefferts


This document sketches the histories of the boys’ bands and their bandmasters at eight of the most prominent of the US Government’s off-reservation inter-tribal Native American boarding schools. It is material that covers a span of about fifty years from the 1880s to the 1930s. I principally have put into some kind of order a mass of data that draws upon online digital newspapers and genealogy databases. What follows here is not a finished, polished document. Everything on offer is still work in progress, complete with missing data and the occasional typographical error. The author welcomes queries, additions, and corrections, which can be sent to The present document is a first draft of December 2022.

Carlisle school and band

Chemawa school and band

Chilocco school and band

Flandreau school and band

Genoa school and band

Haskell school and band

Phoenix school and band

Sherman school and band