The Indians are Coming, the Indians are Coming

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Indians are Coming, the Indians are Coming
Description As Indian families noticed the educational advantages children experienced in this area, they became interested in finding out how their children could have the same thing. They were also developing some interest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the character qualities it fostered in its members. Some Indian parents got brave enough to ask friends about schooling for their children From there it was a nature evolution Miles Herbert Jensen and his wife, Celia Pickett Jensen, of Gunnison had grown up on farms which had employed Indians for years and had cultivated friendships with some of them during their younger years During the time he worked in the sugar factory and through his assignment as president of the Gunnison Stake Mission, it was natural for Miles to become acquainted with more of these people A Navajo Branch of the church had been organized in Richfield, with Golden Buchanan as Branch President Miles Jensen was a distributor for a bread company and had become acquainted with President Buchanan and some of the Indians involved with the church In the fall of 1948, as it was time for school to begin, some of the teenage students got brave enough to approach President Buchanan about staying in the area for school. Miles and Celia Jensen took two of the girls, and Miles agreed to help find homes for the others The first year there were fewer than a dozen students, but it grew rapidly Soon after this beginning, President Buchanan was called to be President of the Southwest Indian Mission A cooperative partnership was established as President Buchanan became acquainted with prospective students and Miles Jensen became responsible for prospective homes Friends and siblings of students in school here arranged to be included, and within a very few years, Miles was finding homes for Indian students all over the state of Utah, but the earliest years had most of the students in every town in Sanpete County Students would come in trucks or, if they could afford it, by bus Miles and Celia would meet the students, take them to their home for a bath, clean clothes, a good meal, sometimes a night's sleep, and they would be taken to meet their foster family Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, who was responsible for church relations with Lamanites and other cultures became acquainted with this volunteer program in full-blown operation, run by volunteers, coordinated by Miles and Celia Jensen As he realized the scope of the compassionate involvement of families in the Sanpete area and of the positive impact upon the the potential development of the Indian people, he approached the leadership of the church for direction In 1954 the LDS Indian Student Placement Program was born! Organized under the umbrella of the Relief Society and its (then) current president. Belle S. Spafford, this 91
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326321
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