The Mary C. Collins Papers, available at the Center for Western Studies, principally document the relationship between Collins and the Riggs family from 1880 through 1910. The collection contains incoming correspondence from a number of Riggs family members involved in missionary work in the Dakotas. Mary Clementine Collins was appointed by the Women's Board of the Interior to serve as a missionary to the Sioux in Dakota Territory. She and her companion, Emmarette J. Whipple, accepted positions at Oahe Mission after meeting with Thomas and Nina Riggs at an American Board convention in Chicago in 1875. Collins became an outspoken critic of government Indian policy, especially the leasing of reservation land, and opposed the government system of boarding schools. In 1899 she was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church. She retired from mission work in 1910 and returned to Iowa.
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