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November 22, 2012

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

November 20, 1885 from The Weekly Missoulian: Major Ronan was on Monday re-appointed Indian agent at the Flathead agency. Everyone who knows him will be glad to hear that his efforts to improve the character and condition of the tribes in his care have been appreciated, and that he is given another term in which to continue his work. The position of Indian agent is one very difficult to fill to the satisfaction of the western people, but Major Ronan leads the list of those who have done the best possible for the Indian and the white man.

November 1905 from The Western Homeseeker: “The department of the interior today announced that the complete surveys of the Flathead Indian reservation in Montana had been received and that the reports of the surveyors had been placed on file. The allotment of lands to the Indians will be proceeded with immediately. It is estimated that this will take not more than ninety days, after which prospective settlers will have an opportunity to view the land available for entry.”

November 22, 1912 from The Sanders County Signal: Over the last week Eight men were arrested for bringing whiskey onto the Flathead Reservation. More than 40 quarts of whiskey were disposed of by pouring the whiskey on the ground. Included in the round up were Jesse Smith, Jack Mulvin, Guy Mansur all of Polson and Ed Lamereaux of Camas. Officer involved in the round up were: United States Deputy Marshal George A. Miller, Jack Curry of Missoula, Andy Gilbaugh and Carl Knudson of Jocko.

November 19, 1913 from The Big Arm Graphic: “The big silver mining proposition which the Anaconda Copper Co., are about to open up near Eudora is creating a great excitement in Kalispell as well as in this section of the country. That all kinds of mineral is in the hill’s around here in abundance, here is not doubt, but it requires capital to demonstrate its existence.”

November 21, 2951 from The Ronan Pioneer: Employment at Hungry Horse Project during 1952 probably will be slightly under the peak of 2,450 reached in 1951. There were 350 men logging, clearing road construction, telephone line construction, 380 Bureau of Reclamation employees and 1720 workers on the dam. In 1952 there will be less logging operations while road construction will continue (47 miles of west side road to be built).

November 19, 1953 from The Ronan Pioneer: “The council of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will not approve the legislation proposed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to affect a withdrawal of federal supervision from The Flathead Indian Reservation.” Also discussed at the council meeting were upcoming per capita payments and that there was approximately $1,400,000 in the tribal treasury.

November 18, 1965 from The Flathead Courier: Tribal elections will be held for the Arlee, St. Ignatius, Polson, Elmo & Ronan districts Dec 11th. “The Councilmen whose term expire Dec 31 are Fred M. Whitworth of Arlee, Walter W. McDonald of St. Ignatius, E. W. Morigeau of Polson, Walter Radel of Elmo and Jim Ely of Ronan.”

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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