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JUne 6, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

June 6, 1873 from The Weekly Missoulian: “Our town [Missoula] for the last week, has been full of Indians, and some fifty lodges more are in the canyon on their way down. Our valley is literally alive with Indian horses.”

June 4, 1874 from The Weekly Missoulian: “As Mr. George A. Baker was riding along the road through the Pen d'Oreille encampment just below town, last Monday, the dogs…sallied out, yelping and barking. He drew his pistol and commenced unloading it among them, when an Indian for one of the lodges let his gun go off. The Indian was arrested on a warrant from Judge Pomeroy and lodged in jail. The Indians were sullen and considerable solicitude was felt Monday evening and Tuesday of serious trouble growing out of this affair. The Indians have no business to camp so near to town; but neither their agent or the Fathers have influence to prevail on them to choose another location, and it does seem, under the circumstances, that Mr. Baker ought to have put up with the annoyance rather than adopt a course calculated to precipitate matter.”

June 2, 1905 from The Plainsman: “Captain Thomas Downs, who came in from the reservation last evening, has practically completed the enrollment of the members of the confederated tribes who are entitled to allotments on the reservation. As a matter of fact there is still a considerable amount of clerical work to be done in the enrollment, and it will be considerable time before the rolls will be in readiness to submit to the government for approval.
Every Indian entitled to an allotment will be allowed 80 acres of the lands of the Flatheads, and this will be assigned to them before the lands are formally opened for settlement.” The article goes on to say that there are approximately 2000 tribal members who are eligible for allotments.

June 8, 1906 from The Plainsman: “A year ago the government created a bureau under the department of the interior to preserve native Indian songs. A few of these have been published in connection with the reports of the work and it was not long until they began to appear in orchestra and opera selections. Then the government began copyrighting them. Hereafter either the government or the poor Indians must have credit for them when they are used.”

June 8, 1932 from The St. Ignatius Post: "The body of 4 year old Viola Jauron who disappeared during a family picnic near Arlee on Sunday, May 20, was found under a log jam in the Jocko River last Friday evening by an Indian, Mike Pellew. Pellew had been fishing when he saw a tiny foot…”

June 4, 1936 from The Ronan Pioneer: “The three Indian livestock associations which were organized more than a year ago in the districts of Hot Springs, Polson and Ronan have consolidated into the Central Livestock Association of the Flathead Reservation. Each district has elected two members to the board of directors for the Central Association.
This newly elected board met last week at the sub-agency office in Ronan and outlined a program of range management for this season. Following officers were elected to serve for one year: Edwin Dupuis President, Charles McDonald vice President, Herbery Dubay secretary-treasurer.
The policy adopted by this association is one of range improvement and conservation. It is hoped that the native grasses may again get a start on depleted ranges though a systematic plan of range management. In this way the Indian stockman may be able to expand in future years in the livestock industry.”

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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