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September 20, 2012

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

September 10, 1875 from The New Northwest: Three men killed by Kootenai Indians, Missoulians apprehensive of Trouble. Killings near Scribner (north end of the Flathead Lake). "The citizens are arming…danger of a general Indian outbreak is imminent, as the country is full of roving savages and they are becoming threatening in their actions…" Calling for military forces. September 17, 1875, From the Missoula Extra. Missoula Indian Affairs. Editorial questioning the circumstances of the killings - perhaps the whites were the aggressors or is was personal grievances - which would influence the response.

September 15, 1910 from The Plainsman: “Accused of selling liquor to Indians, Walter Baker, . . . was arrested several days ago by United States Deputy Marshal Morgan and taken to Arlee on Monday, where his hearing was held before U.S. Commissioner L. DeMers. The man was arraigned and bound over to the action of the federal grand jury, . . . “ Three tribal members were the witnesses.

September 15, 1910 from The Plainsman: “The case against Thomas Trosper, charged with grand larceny in the theft of a calf, on retrial from the state supreme court, was begun in the district court Monday. . . . The jury in the Trosper case returned a verdict of not guilty . . .”

September 10, 1925 from The Plainsman: "Several weeks ago when 185,000 native and rainbow trout were distributed in the streams and lakes of Sanders County omission was made of the fact that the Forest Service took an active part in the distribution. We are pleased to make this correction in justice to the members of the Forest service."

September 09, 1974 from the Spokesman-Review: Kootenais Due Reply to Demands Bonners Ferry: “A response to Kootenai Indian demands for immediate treaty negotiations will be prepared by this morning, a Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesman said Wednesday.
The response will be sent in advance of the tribe’s midnight deadline after which it intends to go to war with the United States, he said.
BIA Commissioner Morris Thompson met with his staff Wednesday to discuss ways that the tribe’s demands might be met. Power to deal with the situation was delegated to Thompson by the White House early Wednesday.
‘The substantive matters raised by the tribe are not things that you can decide in 24 hours,’ the BIA spokesman said. ‘The only thing that can be expected is that we will be responsible to the Kootenai tribe in the sense that we will initiate action to find solutions to their problems.’ . . . .
Stephen Allen editor of the Bonners Ferry Herald and named press liaison man by the City Council, said the town was ‘swarming with rumors.’
Allen said Boundary County Sheriff Chris Ketner planned to enforce the law with his four deputies and four city policemen. He said the area was assured by the governor’s office that state police, and possibly the National Guard, would be available if needed. At the same time, he said, townspeople were continuing meetings with the tribe ‘to achieve some sort of local negotiations to cooperate with them and help them reach their objectives.”

If you have any questions or comments please contact Mary Rogers at 675-2700, ext 1320, or Communication Director, Rob McDonald at ext. 1222. Newspaper articles may be suggested for the Preservation archives if the article includes the newspaper name, date and is from 1975 or earlier.

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