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October 18, 2012

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

October 14, 1871 Rocky Mountain Gazette: A long, long time ago, according to the traditions of the Flathead Indians, they went once a year to hunt buffalo, just as they do now, and their trails were the same: up the Hellgate and Little Blackfoot and down Ten Mile.

October 16, 1871 Rocky Mountain Gazette: "Our Red Brethren-some fifty or sixty lodges of Flathead Indians, on their way to their hunting grounds in the Yellowstone and Judith Basin, where they make an annual buffalo hunt, encamped last night near the old French Woman's Ranch (Elliston) and we may expect to see them in town (Helena today).

October 19, 1877 New Northwest: 22 lodges of Charlo's Flatheads in Deer Lodge, numbering 200 bucks, squaws, and papooses, came through Helena, camped on the Hot Springs Rd. They are from Missoula, en route to Muscleshell on a buffalo hunt.

October 17, 1902 The Plainsman: “. . . We want the Flathead reservation opened and Mr. Dixon can accomplish this much better that any democrat that can be sent. Mr. Dixon’s election means a great deal for the state of Montana.”

October 15, 1908 The Plainsman: Charley Allard's horses took first place in relay race at Spokane Fair. The prize was $750. “Two miles were ridden each day for six days. Each day the rider rode a horse a half mile, changed his saddle to the next, and rode the next half mile at break neck speed, making three changes. Allard’s bunch won by twelve seconds.”

October 18, 1912 The Plainsman: “U.S. Deputy Marshall G. A. McKay of Helena came into Camas Prairie Tuesday in an auto and arrested Michel Yoktellamee (popularly known as “Mishell”) on an indictment recently returned by the grand jury at Butte, charging him with introducing liquor on the reservation. Deputy McKay also arrested Louis Pierre, a Kootenai, and Joseph Chilochinet, a Flathead, charged with the crime.”

October 18, 1917 The Plainsman: “Ben Cramer was found guilty of taking liquor on the reservation in the federal court in Missoula last week and given a sentence of $100 fine and costs and 60 days in jail. The defendant was arrested with the goods near Hot Springs on June 12th.”

October 16, 1930 Rocky Mountain Husbandmen: re: John Stanley at H. Logan in fall 1878 with soldiers "Their main duties were to escort bands of Indians through the settlements…" recalled Flathead Indians passing by the post on their way back from hunting buffalo on the Muscleshell. "Escorts were usually sent with these bands of Flathead or other Indians from the west who were going on peaceful missions in order to assure the settlers that everything was all right and to prevent any disturbance.

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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