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JUne 20, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

June 25, 1874 from The Missoulian: Report from Frank Truchot of Warm Springs "A masculine personage, dressed in orthodox Indian costume, except that it has since transpired that he wore false hair glued on, appeared at his ranch and bantered him for a dicker." Truchot traded a saddle, bridle and money in the horse the Indian was riding, and "Lo" left. Subsequently left horse he'd obtained from Truchot up the creek, stole a third horse from ranch of Daniel Thomas, and escaped toward the Big Hole. It turned out to be Peter Matte, "one of the parties who stole so many horses and killed Goodwin of Snake River last year and who, afterwards . . . Turned State's evidence against his comrades."

June 28, 1876 from The Weekly Missoulian: "A statement in last week's paper that the Indians of this locality do not get any annuities might be construed to mean that the agent absorbs them. The unadulterated truth is that the government gives none-except buffalo meat and camas."

June 27, 1878 from The Bozeman Avant Courier: Reduction of the Army- Speech of Martin Maginnis. In the district of Montana we have the Flatheads, the Kootenays, and Pend d’Oreilles and other Tribes names of all the number there are not twenty that gain their livelihood be agriculture. They habitually roam off their reservations. They must do so or starve, and armed and mounted, they annually pass through the settlements to the buffalo grounds on the northeastern frontier.

June 27, 1879 from The New Northwest: Lt. Thompson and an escort of five soldiers from Fort Missoula were in Deer Lodge last Saturday. They were to escort Arlee and 15 lodges of Flathead going to the Yellowstone country. Escort to go as far as Camp Baker. Prior to Lt. Thompson arrival the Indians were encamped near here several days… Pend d’Oreilles were hunting under escort. Ronan to Commissioner 3/3/1879, letter received, Montana Supt., M-234, roll 515

June 28, 1912 from The Dayton Leader: “The many friends of Mike Matt will be glad to learn that last week he received a pardon, signed by President Taft, releasing him from custody and exonerating him from any criminal intent in connection with introducing liquor on the reservation.”

June 28, 1928 from The Plainsman: Kalispell Rodeo 4th of July program will include over 100 Indians “and it is estimated that at least 75 or 100 more will accompany these. All will be in costume and will dance favorite tribal dances including the memorable “war Dance”. As a special feature of the 4th of July parade, 12 Kootenais in full war paint armed with their native instruments of death, will ride painted ponies down Main street.”

June 26, 1952 from The Ronan Pioneer: Obituary of Joseph Clarence Pablo was a veteran of World War II. He was born 12, 31, 1909. He is survived by: sisters Nora Pelton, Agna Irvin, Caroline Parker, Mrs. Lewis Matt and by his brothers Lawrence and Charles.

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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