|October 24, 2013
This Week in Tribal History
Tribal Preservation Department
October 21, 1881 from The Missoulian: "The Flathead Indians committed a number of depredations on their way to their buffalo hunt. Several cabins on Smith River were entered and their contents, consisting of provisions and blankets carried away. In some instances firearms and ammunition were appropriated. These Indians are said to be honest at home... but it seems when on their annual hunt they appropriate everything they can law their hands on."
October 23, 1885 from The New Northwest : “On representations made to Agent Ronan that Indians from the Jocko reservation were camped on the deer trails of the Rocky mountain range, in the Blackfoot country, ruthlessly slaughtering large game and behaving badly toward white residents the Agent sent runners ordering the Indians to return to the reservation. As a matter of fact the Agent can only exercise “moral sussion,” or rather ration sussion over these wandering wards. . . . An Agent cannot, as a matter of legal fact, compel an Indian not accused or convicted of crime to remain on the reservation, as that would be practically depriving him of the personal liberty to which he is entitled under the Constitution. The Agent, though, can make it inconvenient for annuity Indians to disregard his wishes, and if Indians violate the game laws or commit other depredations, they are amenable, as are other people. Within the past year or two some of the Jocko Indians have behaved badly in this part of Montana, and the fact that they travel in bands and are liable to appear in a neighborhood in overwhelming force at any time, terrorize isolated settlers and has prevented legal complaints that should have been made. We know major Ronan understands all this and will do all he can, when advised, to right or redress a wrong, and it should also be borne in mind that unless accused and arrested for violation of law, it is altogether a moral pressure that compels an Indian to remain on his reservation. Agent Ronan is therefore entitled to more credit that seems to be conceded him in this matter.”
October 23, 1914 from The Dayton Leader: “Louis King, who was taken to Helena a short time ago to answer before the Federal court to a charge of giving Indians whiskey, returned home this week, having been discharged by Judge Bourquin, but his father and brother Ed., who were arrested at the same time on similar charges, were not so fortunate. They were found guilty, and were sentenced to pay a fine of $100 each, and spend sixty days in jail.”
October 25, 1917 from The Plainsman: “The Indian agent at the Agency at Dixon informed Coroner E. T. McCaffery Saturday that Isaac Ogden, an Indian, was dead and it was reported the he had been shot. So the coroner made an investigation and learned that one night about three days previous Ogden had become so drunk that he fell from his horse and laid out in the cold all night. This exposure caused him to contract pneumonia and he died in Widow Downtree’s cabin Saturday. Burial was made on the land of Chief Machille on the upper end of Camas Prairie.”
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