The Fort Totten Review was established apparently in February, 1911, as a monthly newspaper at the Fort Totten School on the Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota. Published during the school year, it was probably edited, like other school publications, by the superintendent, in this case Charles M. Ziebach, an Iowan and an eighteen-year veteran of the Indian Service.
The main objective of the publication was to print news of the school. Each issue contained local and personal news relating to students, teachers, and other school employees. Some news was submitted by the students. Also appearing were news stories on such matters as school appropriations, improvements, declamatory and spelling contests, sports, the school farm and garden, fairs, social events, literary societies, and classroom activities. In most years, there was a commencement number devoted to events surrounding commencement exercises and containing photographs of the students. The Review also contained news from the Fort Totten Reservation: notices of births, weddings, and deaths; news of former students; and notices of changes in Indian Office personnel.
The paper also contained other items of interest. A regular column "In Other Fields" kept readers informed about Indians and Indian Service personnel in other regions. Feature articles dealt with such topics as holidays and health. There were also stories and legends, exchange material from other Indian school newspapers, and an occasional historical article.
Each issue also contained a certain amount of inspirational material. Most issues contained some didactic poetry, and essays urged the readers to work hard and to avoid the evils of alcohol.