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April 11, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

April 10, 1873 from The Helena Weekly Herald: Capt. A. Dusold returned yesterday from Camp Baker, whither he has been on official duty for some days. While at Baker, the Captain induced a band of Flathead Indians who were on their return trip from buffalo hunting, to cross the river at ten Mile Creek, below Gallatin City, instead of coming through Diamond as last year, at which time trouble ensued between the citizens and some of the Lo Tribe.

April 08, 1882 from The Weekly Missoulian: "Dusky maidens of the forest are beginning to come in with huckleberries."

April 11, 1884 from The Missoulian: The sheriff of Gallatin county captured five Flatheads near Gallatin City last week having in their possession head of stolen horses. The Indians claim they were only visiting the parties who had stolen the horses.

April 11, 1902 from The Plainsman: "Frank Coombs, an Indian of Jocko, is under arrest accused of stealing $400 in gold from the doctor on that reservation. He recently appeared in Missoula with some $20 gold pieces, which aroused suspicion, and he was watched, and finally arrested."

April 12, 1912 from The Plainsman: Two human skulls and other bones were found by convict road builders near Plains. One was an Indian and the other a white male. There are 58 convicts working a road by the Clarks Fork River near Paradise.

April 12, 1917 from The Plainsman: “Joe Pierre, a well known Indian was injured last week by being thrown from his horse. He got caught and was dragged some distance narrowly escaping death. His nose was badly injured and also his hand.”

April 09, 1931 from The Ronan Pioneer: "The road crews working on the new highway between St. Ignatius and Ravalli recently uncovered a number of human bodies which it is estimated were buried perhaps 74 years ago. It is said no records are available concerning that particular place as a burial ground, and it is presumed they are the bodies of Indians, interned shortly after the first church of the mission was established in 1854. Reports state that the bones, hair and teeth were well preserved, although no coffins had been used, the bodies having been wrapped in buffalo robes and cedar bark. The fact that the bodies were buried close together makes it reasonably certain that burial was after the coming of the early Catholic missionaries, as the Indians up to that time did not carry out such a custom."

April 10, 1937 from The Spokesman Review: “While digging the basement for the new residence of Dr. C. G. Sundelius, Roy Bengsten unearthed a skeleton believed to be that of an Indian. The teeth were worn, and buried with the skeleton were a bunch of sharp teeth similar to those of beaver or some other gnawing animal. The skeleton was deep in the ground, and a tree 20 inches in diameter had grown over it. The place where Dr. Sundelius is building is one of the most scenic of Whitefish Lake and was a favorite camping place if the Kootenai and Flathead Indians in the early days during the whitefish run.”

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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