Fort Totten Indian School (North Dakota)

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The initial efforts to provide education for the Indians in the vicinity of Fort Totten, North Dakota were provided by the Catholic Mission in the area. A mission school was established in 1874, which burned to the ground in 1883. It was rebuilt in 1885 and it continued to be used until 1926, when it, too, burned.

Meanwhile, the United States Army, which had a post at Fort Totten, decommissioned that post in 1890. The building were turned over to the Department of the Interior and an Indian Boarding School was established at the old fort in 1891. When the Catholic school burned in 1926, their students were joined with the Fort Totten Indian Boarding School. The school continued to operate at this site until 1959, at which time Fort Totten became a North Dakota Historical Site.

The records of the Fort Totten School are part of the Fort Totten Agency records, most of which are in the Central Plains Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration in Kansas City.