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May 16, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

May 12, 1875 from The Weekly Missoulian: "The Flatheads under a military escort had pitched their tents on their old stamping ground, and buffalo robes and pemmican were in active demand, and business was consequently brisk."

May 13, 1887from The Missoulian: When there is reported killing of deer by Flatheads up the LoLo Valley, Major Ronan is informed. He replies in letter to Missoulian dated Mach 11, 1887. 1) The Indians belong to Charlot’s Bitterroot Flatheads and are not from the reservation. 2) Regulations of the Indian department prohibit Indians from leaving their reservations without written permission from the agent, and it is the instruction to discourage them as far as possible from going beyond their borders. 3) …I am not prepared to say I fit is a crime for any Indian to kill game for food at any season of the year.

May 18, 1892 from The Missoula Gazette: Major Ronan has “. . . about concluded arrangements whereby the greater portion of the Kootenai Indians move onto the Flathead reservation or across the British line. About ten families will stay at Bonner’s Ferry on their land at that point and of the rest half will go to the Flathead and half to British America. Some of the Indians had, indeed, already begun to move after the first council and had driven their cattle across the line without paying duty on them. Major Ronan went up to hold a council with them and telling them it was against the law, persuaded them to drive the cattle back. . . . The Indians will now dispose of a sufficient number of cattle to pay the duty on the remainder.”

May 12, 1905 from The Plainsman: “By word received from the reservation, there is a rich harvest in that section for horse buyers who desire medium weight stock, ranging around 1,000 pounds. There are vast herds of horses in that section that belong to the Indians who desire to cut down their bands, and it is said that horses of the class mentioned are very plentiful and are for sale cheap.”

May 12, 1911 from The Sanders County Signal: Sanders County Signal editors suggesting new name for the town of Hot Springs: “It has been the custom all over this country to perpetuate Indian tradition and Indian names where possible. The name Kutamik, the Kootenai name for “hot waters” has been suggested. If we could get an Indian name meaning medicinal hot waters that was not too long and pleasant to the ear it would be better than our present name.”

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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