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JUne 27, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

June 13, 1873 from The Weekly Missoulian: Fifty lodges of the Nez Perce, fifty Pend d’Oreilles and Flatheads camped across the river. Medicine talks held on Tuesday (June 10) purpose was not told to any whites, but Flatheads do intend to demand guns of Agent Shanahan upon his return from Helena.

June 11, 1876 from The Helena Weekly Herald:
"Yesterday the Flatheads and today the Pend d'Oreilles passed through here en route to the buffalo region.”

June 14, 1878 from The New Northwest: Where is there a more nomadic tribe than the Flatheads: yet in the day of need you cried to them for help, and they helped you as far as human nature could do, although they know you as little as the Nez Perces. Every Indian's country is his ranch when he has fixed fisheries and little humble huts and marsh ground for his roots.

June 09, 1911 from The Dayton Leader: “Last Sunday Elmo was the scene of an interesting and picturesque display of Indian aristocracy, when a large number of Kootenai Indians, togged out in fancy costumes, gathered there and spent the afternoon in a war or sundance. The entertainment was attended by many people from Dayton and Proctor.”

June 11, 1913 from The Big Arm Graphic: Wm. H. Howe ". . . says it is difficult to make good roads where much of the best land is held by absent Indians and rejected and suspended settlers, waiting for Uncle Sam to grant their land rights. Until then, the settlers are not wholeheartedly interested in good roads, and all roads are leading to hell for them until they get favorable land entry decisions."

June 10, 1926 from The Plainsman: "Indian Agent Coe of St, Ignatius inspected the new mud bath house Monday and approved it in every particular."

June 10, 1937 from The Flathead Monitor: In 1937 there were fishing competitions at the north end of the lake. A bull trout was caught by Joe Plotts, weighing in at fourteen and three quarters pounds dressed. The year before the same man caught one that weighed in at nineteen pounds and twelve ounces before being dressed. The fish was caught at the Columbia Falls Bridge. The largest bull trout caught in at that time was twenty two and a half pounds from Flathead Lake.

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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