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Re: Several Yosemite and Mono Lake Indian children went to Stewart Indian school

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Stewart Indian School Photo; Several Yosemite Indian children used to go to school in Stewart. A class photo with many Yosemite, Lee Vining (Mono Lake), Bishop and Bridgeport Indian teens.


Many children of the original Indians of Yosemite were also enrolled in the Stewart Indian School. They would go to school during the regular school season and return to Yosemite and Mono Lake during summer vacation.

Two Indian girls with ties to Yosemite and Mono Lake talk about their experience going to Stewart Indian School as children. Here is their story about their experiences at the school;

Stewart Indian School roommates return after 60 years


Featured in the story: Top left photo; Madeline Dominquez, Helena Jones who is featured in the story, school photo. Bottom left photo; Reynelda French, from Pyramid Lake, whose family married into Yosemite Mono Lake Indians living and working in Yosemite. Right photo old photo of Stewart Indian School located in Carson City Nevada.


There were many more Paiutes, Washoes and others who lived in Yosemite, Bridgeport and Mono Lake at Lee Vining, and they all have different memories. Some good. Some bad, about the time they spent at Stewart Indian School. Many even met their future mates at the school.



Chief Tenaya was the founder of the Paiute colony of Ahwanhee - Dr. Lafayette H. Bunnell.
avatar Re: Several Yosemite and Mono Lake Indian children went to Stewart Indian school
June 29, 2012 02:21AM
How old is that photo? What a cute bunch of kids. I like how the rows of boys and girls are kept separate.

This must be the same place:

http://www.stewartindianschool.com/
The top photo is from 1946, the other photo is a mixture from the late 40s. Of course the Stewart Indian school is much older, because the school changed. More buildings were bulit later and it was upgraded.

If you visit the Park quite often and visit the Indian Museum you might recognize one of the students in the photo in the video below;




Julia Domingues - Parker, 2nd row....her husband Ralph is also in the photo in the front row. Ralph is a Yosemite-Mono Lake Paiute, from one of the oldest families in the Park the Sam-Toms.


The children with the names Sam, Brown, Mallory and Williams are common names of Paiute children that were part of the old Ahwahaneechee Yosemite group.



Chief Tenaya was the founder of the Paiute colony of Ahwanhee - Dr. Lafayette H. Bunnell.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2012 12:26PM by Yosemite_Indian.
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