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September 27, 2012

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

September 28, 1874, The Weekly Missoulian: “Horse Stealing-It appears by reports they are arriving at the agency that some of our Pend d'Oreille fellow citizens are on the nip. The desire not be afoot is praiseworthy enough among our not over-energetic friends, if they would only go over into the Sioux country for their horses; but they have been picking up an occasional horse and mule in this country and Deer Lodge, have raided on the Spokane, and but recently got away with eleven head from the Bannocks on the Lemhi reservation. Now, this is stealing with poor discrimination; for the trouble with the Bannocks is that reprisal will follow, and when Tendoy gets into the country of the Confederated Tribes with his band it will make little difference to him whose hoses he get, so he gets horses, and more of them then he lost. Our country will suffer, as it did in 1866, from red skins within and red skins without. While our agent has the inclination to punish these feloniously inclined persons, he has not the ability. A few of uncle Samuel's blue-coated missionaries would do the business and educate these simple-minded children of the forest in the ways of godliness; and we call on all those who desire the thorough conversion of the Indians to aid us in this direction.”

September 25, 1909, Sanders County Signal: “The roundup of the remainder of the Pablo buffalo herd on the Flathead reservation, which has been purchased by Canada, was resumed this week by Michel Pablo and his 12 riders.”

September 23, 1910, Sanders County Democrat: "Among the cattle kings who were in from the reservation early in the week were "Swift" Courville, Charley Allard, John Herman and Joe Morigeau."

September 29, 1910, The Plainsman: "Joe Little Rock, a Flathead Indian, of bad Repute not only among the whites, but his own people as well, was given a taste of quick justice. He was arrested in Plains one day last week for stealing a horse on the street, and that same day was brought to Thompson, where he acknowledged the crime and on the evening of the same day was on his way to Deer Lodge for a year's stay. He had only recently been given his liberty after serving a term for murder."

September 29, 1911, The Dayton Leader: “A large contingent of Kootenai and Flathead Indians left Dayton Monday for Eureka, where they will attend the Lincoln County Fair and give exhibitions in their various dances and their gay and warlike costumes.”

September 28, 1920, Spokane Chronicle: “The next step in the promotion of the Columbia basin irrigation project is for the people of Washington to seek the cooperation of Montana in securing the water rights of Flathead Lake, according to E. F. Benson, manager of the newly formed Northern Pacific department of immigration and industry. . . “

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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