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July 18, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

July 18, 1963 from The Ledger: A study will be conducted concerning the tribally owned and operated hot springs bathhouse enterprise at Hot Springs. This study will gather market data to enable the tribes to draw in more tourists.

July 18, 1872 from The Missoulian: "Large number of Indians congregating in the valley to be ready for the berry harvest"

July 18, 1879 from New Northwest: An Indian named Moses was beaten and shot to death by two white men. Two other Indians saw the beating and killed one of the white men and wounded the other.

July 14, 1890 from The Missoula Gazette: A murder investigation reveals that an Indian killed a white at the head of Flathead Lake and stole a lot of cash.

July 16, 1891 from The Missoula Gazette: Indians and Freighters: Yesterday deputy U.S. Marshall Irvin and Baptist, chief of the Flathead Indians and several mounted police called at this point (Ravalli) and demanded that the freighters now employed here in the transportation of goods to the Flathead country pay to the Indians the sum of $1.50/head/month for all stock grazing on the reservation. A conference was held at which good feeling prevailed, the Indians contending inasmuch that the freighters were trespassing on their lands they should be made to pay for the feed used. After some parlaying, the council adjourned, pending an interview with Ronan who is now in Missoula and expected to return soon. It is believed this gentleman can arrange all differences amicably and satisfactory conclusion arrived at.

July 18, 1896 from The Weekly Plainsman: “About 75 Cree Indians were captured by troop D, U.S. Cavalry under Lieut. Pershing last Saturday and Sunday morning the march to Fort Missoula was begun, and from There to the Canadian line. The troops and Indians crossed the Flathead River at the Perma ferry and marched to Fort Missoula, arriving there Thursday afternoon. Seventy-five more Indians were captured on the way to Missoula, making about 150 including men, women and children. They had over 200 head of horses and fifteen wagons, the whole making a train nearly a quarter mile long. On Saturday afternoon while the Indians were camped on Camas Prairie a child about 2 years old died and was buried in the evening on the banks of Camas Creek. Chief Kingfisher preached the funeral service at the grave in the Cree language.”

July 19, 1901 from The Plainsman: Sub-Chief Michell was a visitor to Plains to have work done on his mowing machine.

July 15, 1904 from The Plainsman: "The Indian killing at Polson, on Flathead Lake, was the result of too much whiskey, which the Indians are reported to have secured at Kalispell."

July 14, 1910 from The Plainsman: "Nothing to indicate that Judge Rasch is partial to liquor dealers who sell whiskey to Indians."

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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