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April 18, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

April 20, 1872 from The Missoula Pioneer: An article noting several reports of settlers losing cattle to Indians. The article calls for restriction of tribes to reservation. “Of course, we have no objection to their passing through the country on their way to and from their hunting grounds, but we do protest against their being allowed to go into, camp in and about our town and remain there for weeks, as some of those here at present have done.”

April 15, 1874 from The Weekly Missoulian: An article about a Flathead Indian, John Kiser, who had an arrow, delivered by a Sioux, lodged in his jaw. The surgeon at Jocko Agency removed the arrow.

April 16, 1875 from The New Northwest: "Snow is compelled by force of solar circumstances to bid adieu to the Garden Spot. Lo (Indians) is delighted with large quantities of scaly denizen and consequent fractional currency. . . "

April 15, 1875 from The Weekly Missoulian: Lt. W.H. Nelson arrived from Camp Baker last evening en route to the Jocko Agency, whether he goes in command of a detachment of soldiers, as an escort to a band of the Flathead Indians, now returning from the annual buffalo hunt in the Judith Basin. This is in accordance with the new policy of the Indian Department, the Indians have no business away from their reservation unless accompanied by soldiers, and if found without such escort are subject to be considered and treated as hostile."

April 19, 1901 from The Plainsman: “The result of last conference with Flathead Indians to secure the session of part of their reservation to the government is not very satisfactory to a number of people who would like to get a homestead there. It is hoped a new commission of thoroughly practical men may be appointed to take the mater up and bring it to a favorable solution.”

April 17, 1910 from The Plainsman: 1910 procedure of sale of Flathead Inherited, allotted lands: 1. Petition agent, 2. petition sent to commissioner of Indian affairs, list put up in agents office for 60 days, 3. Appraisal, 4. Bids, 5. No agent or anyone in his office can help prepare a bid 6. Right to reject any or all bids by agent, 7. Purchasers will pay all costs of conveyance, 8. Bidders can be present when bids are opened

April 18, 1972 from The Missoulian: Hugh M. Grenier of Arlee, a member of the Tribal Council of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes passed away April 7, 1972. He was elected to the Tribal Council December, 1971, from the Arlee district. He attended Haskell Indian Institute and was a World War II European theater Veteran.

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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