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February 28, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

February 25, 1865 from The Montana Post: Correspondence to Mr. Hosmer from "C.H.S." 2, 9, 1865 in vicinity of Elkhsen (below Helena) "Near here are camped several hundred native Americans of the Flathead "persuasion" driven from their winter hunting grounds below it is said by some other tribe. They are peaceable, but beggars as usual."

February 24, 1872 from The Missoula Pioneer: Report of an encampment of Kootenai Indians on Rattlesnake Creek in the vicinity of Missoula.

February 26, 1915 from The Plainsman: By an act of January 30, 1879 makes “it an offense to sell or introduce into Indian country flavoring extracts, proprietary medicines, containing alcohol, or any article whatsoever under any name, label or brand which produces intoxication, will be strictly enforced. A letter from Major Morgan, accompanying the order, states that all dealers in these articles will be given until March 1, 1915, to dispose of stock which comes under the ban; and that after that date, visits will be made by government officials and the agent to ascertain whether the provisions of the law are complied with.”

February 25, 1926 from The Plainsman: "Approximately $50,000 was distributed among the Flathead Indians at Arlee, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Pablo, Dayton, Camas and Polson. Each Indian received $25. This sum of money has accumulated in the Indian department treasury from the sale of timber on tribal lands."

February 27, 1936 from The Flathead Monitor: Verne Bunyea, charged with furnishing liquor to Indians, was bound over to the district court this morning by Justice McCarthy. Bunyea furnished bonds of $300. Bunyea was apprehended when two Indians were placed in jail for drunkenness. When they had sobered they claimed they had become drunk legally and that everything was all right. To substantiate their claims they produced a liquor store receipt bearing Bunyea’s name. Bunyea had obligated the Indians by purchasing whiskey without profit to himself, believing according to his story, that he had done nothing wrong.”

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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