"Is this really the best option for our future, our kids? How will this turn out for us?"
"[Richard Henry Pratt] had the idea to solve 'the Indian problem' by forcing natives to acculturate." "He won approval to use the old barracks as a campus [Carlisle Indian School.] ..." Pratt's opening the school.
"At a time when Indians were being forced onto reservations, he promised the children would be safe, fed, and taught to make their way in the white man's world." He's talking to the natives to convince them to send their children to his school.
"We really don't have much of a choice, do we? We want the best for them, and we want them to succeed. I hope this will help them out in the new world."
"The two tribes sent 82 children..." The kids are off to the new school.
"This is the best for them, for their future in the new world, better than what we could do to prepare them for it."
"None of the kids are smiling, ... They had nothing to smile about." The new students aren't excited to be at the school, about to lose their culture.
"Some Indians agreed with him. " The two are talking about if their decision to send their kids to the school was the right choice.
"The world was changing fast, and Indian leaders saw that white men, once rare, now covered the land like ants." They all agreed withhim, hoping it would mean their children would be sent for the future.