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“The Indian News is published monthly, and all the mechanical work thereon is done by pupils. The printing department is not nearly so well equipped as it should be, but the work turned out by the apprentice printers is really remarkable when one takes the conditions into consideration. The yearly catalogue, all programs and announcements, and practically all of the school stationery is turned out of the school plant. Uncle Sam would be doing just the right thing by investing about a thousand dollars in new material for the print shop. The writer saw three Indian boys at work in the print shop—a Santee, a Winnebago, and an Omaha. “Twenty or thirty years ago a mixture like that would have resulted in a fight,” was Superintendent Davis’s smiling comment when he made known the tribal relations of the three stalwart young fellows.”

Carlisle’s printing presses produced newspapers intended both for students as well as the larger public. Pratt’s experiment garnered considerable national attention: The Indian Helper boasted a circulation of as many as 10,000 subscribers for 10 cents per year. The Red Man offered “discussion of different opinions and phases of the Indian question” and was circulated monthly at 50 cents per year. In the printing offices, the more advanced students were given the opportunity to learn the trade. While their work was heavily censored, the Carlisle printing press provides records of Indian student writing that is useful to historical analyses.