|September 26, 2013
This Week in Tribal History
Tribal Preservation Department
September 24, 1869 from The New Northwest: “On Wednesday afternoon our town was visited by about 100 of the Pend d'Oreilles and Nez Perce Tribes, who camped outside the city, waiting for their allies, the Flatheads to join them. Then they will proceed to the Yellowstone Country on their yearly hunting expedition. It is the custom of these tribes to annually join together in a hunt in the Sioux and Blackfeet country, depending on their allied strength for protection against their foes."
September 28, 1874 from The Weekly Missoulian: Horse Stealing-It appears by reports that are arriving at the agency that some of our Pend d'Oreille fellow citizens are on the nip. The desire not be afoot is praiseworthy enough among our not over-energetic friends, if they would only go over into the Sioux country for their horses; but they have been picking up an occasional horse and mule in this country and Deer Lodge, have raided on the Spokane, and but recently got away with eleven head from the Bannocks on the Lemhi reservation. Now, this is stealing with poor discrimination; for the trouble with the Bannocks is that reprisal will follow, and when Tendoy gets into the country of the Confederated Tribes with his band it will make little difference to him whose hoses he get, so he gets horses, and more of them then he lost. Our country will suffer, as it did in 1866, from red skins within and red skins without. While our agent has the inclination to punish these feloniously inclined persons, he has not the ability. A few of uncle Samuel's blue-coated missionaries would do the business and educate these simple-minded children of the forest in the ways of godliness; and we call on all those who desire the thorough conversion of the Indians to aid us in this direction.
September 24, 1913 from The Big Arm Graphic: "Louis Couture, the prominent cattleman of Polson, and Mrs. Mary Gaines of this city were united in marriage Saturday, by Justice A. W. Simon. Both of the contracting parties are well known in the flathead valley, and have many friends who wish them much happiness."
September 23, 1914 from The Big Arm Graphic: "Mrs. Agate Finley, aged 75 years, died at Polson at the home of her daughter Mrs. Mike Matt, Thursday Sept. 10th."
September 27, 1917 from The Plainsman: “The doors of the insane asylum at Warm Springs have closed on Pleasant Draper, a colored man who was one of the central figures in one of the most famous murder trials in the history of Montana. . . . He is 75 years old, feeble in mind and body, his sight almost gone. More than two score years ago he was charged with the murder of an Indian girl on the Flathead Reservation, convicted and sentenced to die. . . .the United States Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court on the ground that, not being an Indian, federal courts had no jurisdiction over him. Prior to this decision according to local historians, men other than Indians had been convicted and hung for murder of Indians committed on Indian reservations.”
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