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May 10th, 1892 - Mary Decoteau to the Indian Commissioner of
From Izola Mottershead
Decoteau's mother wrote to the provincial government of Saskatchewan for
monetary and educational support for her family.
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Contents of the Letter
Red Pheasants Reserve,
10th May, 1892.
To the, Indian Comm’r,
I would most respectfully request to be re-admitted into Treaty with my
Family. I was admitted into Treaty with my father, in the year 1876, and
committed at Ten years Purchase in the year 1886. I was married to Peter
Decoteau in the year 1878, to whom I save five children, the eldest a
girl 13 years of age named Millie, the second a boy 12 years of age
named Benjamin, the third a boy 9 years old named Samuel, the fourth a
boy named Alexander four years of age, and the fifth a boy two years old
I have no means of support for myself and family, and unless I get
relief from the Government I must Starve.
I would wish very much to have three of my children put in the
Industrial School at Battleford.
My late husband was employed by the Indian department from nearly the
time of the Treaty until his death, and was a good servant as you
yourself know, having worked for you for some time, and as you are
aware, was murdered at Battleford for nothing :: since which time, I
have been sick, and not able to work.
Your immediate attention to my wants will much help me.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant
Mary + Dacoteau,
(Sgd) J. H. Price,