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January 24, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

January 20, 1883 Dillon Tribune - "The Crows and Flathead Indians are feasting on cattle in the Muscleshell country at present.

January 20, 1888 The Weekly Missoulian - ‘Montana Indians’ ( a piece by Maj. Ronan describing the evolution and status of the agency, and paragraph describing the removal of part of Charlo’s band) Under these conditions 17 families removed and took advantage of the offer as agreed, and most of them are now selling a surplus of the productions of the soil. Several other families followed. The authority has not yet been granted to extend the same facilities as was given the original 17 families who took advantage of the offer. If Congress should pass a law in the present session giving Indians the right of alienation and to sell and dispose of their possessions in the Bitterroot valley for their own benefit or to let the land revert back to the government and let it be sold for the benefit of the rightful owners and heirs, with a view of expanding the money and giving them comfortable homes on the reservation, the question would soon be settled, and the Flatheads would all remove to the Jocko reservation including Charlo, who has lived to regret his refusal of the generous offer made to him by the government.

January 22, 1889 The Weekly Missoulian - The report comes from the Missouri Valley, says the Helena Herald, that Flathead Indians who are off the reservation in a hunt are creating havoc with the noble game on the range between Avalanche Gulch and Diamond City, slaughtering elk and deer by the score.

January 24, 1913 The Dayton Leader - "The Indians gave a dance at Patrick's last Friday evening, which was well attended by whites & Indians. Among the whites the squaws were predominated. They also took part in one of the dances. It was quite a novelty to see the white squaws join hand with the red squaws while going round and round 'the mulberry bush'. The new step will be introduced at our next dance."

January 24, 1913 The Dayton Leader - "The Indians caught a good many fish here one day last week. Well, it takes the patient Indian to catch them anyway.”

January 20, 1915 The Big Arm Graphic - “The funeral of Walter C. Hobbs was held last Thursday afternoon at the M. W. A. lodge room in this town, [Big Arm], Prof. M. P. Elder conducting the services, under the auspices of Big Arm Camp No. 10527 M.W.A. There was a large attendance from the country surrounding Big Arm. The body was buried in a prettily located spot on the homestead overlooking the beautiful scenery associated with the surroundings of the Big Arm bay and the lake.” (Does anyone know where this is exactly?)

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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