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May 23, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

May 25, 1879 from The Weekly Missoulian: The Indians who were removed from Missoula are encamped at Frenchtown and say they will fight before they are removed to the reservation.

May 22, 1903 from The Plainsman: “A Missoula dispatch of the 19th says: Major Smead, Indian agent on the Flathead reservation, in company with a special officer, came up from the west tonight and went on to Butte and Helena. The two were returning form a trip in pursuit of the man who last fall, robbed Chief Michel of $20,000. New evidence has been discovered that makes it almost certain that the man who Major Smead has been after it the thief.”

May 19, 1905 from The Plainsman: “Jo Pierre, an Indian boy and a relative of the well known Eneas Pierre, has disappeared and the Indians are very much worried about him. He was last seen at Plains about 10 days ago, on a horse riding toward the reservation. It is said he had a quart bottle of whiskey and the supposition is that the boy, being drunk, fell off, or was thrown from his horse and received serious injury. The horse returned to the camp with the reins over the saddle horn. Nearly all the Indians around Camas have been searching for the boy near the road between Plains and that point. Up to this afternoon no word has been received of his whereabouts.”

May 19, 1911 from The Plainsman: “An Indian dance was held at the Springs this week. Sunday and Monday nights they danced on the Pineville townsite, Tuesday afternoon and night on the Springs reserve. A large number of Indians attended, dressed in their best and gave a fine exhibition of dancing. Crowds of whites enjoyed the spectacle.”

May 1913 from The Dayton Leader: "A big Indian war dance will be pulled off in Dayton Sunday , May 11. A large band of Flatheads and Kootenais, dressed in their gayest plumage and war paint, will participate in the grand power. One peculiar feature of these Indian performers is that no two are painted alike, and each costume worn by them is distinctively representative of some animal, and their movements in their strange, fantastic performances bear the characteristics of the animal they represent. Remember, this open-air show takes place the coming Sunday, May 11."

May 19, 1916 from The Dayton Leader: “An Indian wedding took place here at one of the camps adjoining Dayton Wednesday afternoon, with Pierre Paul & Mary Mose the contracting parties. The ceremony was attended by a large number of guests, their Indian friends from all sections in this part of the reservation being invited. The priest at Polson will put on the finishing touches later.”

May 21, 1936 from The Ronan Pioneer: In 1936 Crow Creek reservoir west of Ronan was planted with 300,000 wall-eyed pike fingerlings, a non-native game fish.

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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