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November 28, 2013

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

November 25, 1887 from The Weekly Missoulian: The position in Congress to enact a law to allow the Indian lands in the Bitter Root valley to be sold to settlers is a good one, and we hope it will receive the endorsement of everybody. The lands are literally going to waste in the present condition of things. The Indian cannot give a good title when he sells and a white resident on the lands cannot secure a title. The reservation is a beautiful country where the Indian is less exposed to the evil influences of the white man, where game abounds in abundance, and where they are directly under the kindly eyes of the good fathers at the Mission.

November 27, 1903 from The Plainsman: “A report says that four tribes of the Flathead reservation, Kalispells, Kootenais, Pend d’Oreilles and Flatheads, are up in arms against an order from the government to drive the stock of the Indians off the reservation because of the refusal to pay a tax of $1 a head on stock where Indians own more that the limited number of cattle.”

November 24, 1911 from The Plainsman: “It is not generally known on Camas Prairie end in the Little Bitter Root that there is a water-grade wagon road following the left bank of the river to Dixon from Sloan’s ferry. Bridges have been built near the mouth of Mission and Crow Creeks, and the route is much shorter that formerly when it was necessary to travel east of the Moiese and detour via the Loyeau ranch to cross Crow creek. The Sloan Ferry being open the year round makes this route preferable to those traveling from the prairie to Dixon, and points east of there.”

November 24, 1911 from The Plainsman: “Last Saturday was the second anniversary of the sale of Ronan town lots. The population is estimated at close to 600, and almost every business is represented. Ronan hopes to incorporate by the first of the year.”

November 27, 1914 from The Sanders County Signal: "At the government sale of non-competent and inherited Indian land the agency last Tuesday only nine sales were made. Of the purchasers, two are well known here: F. H. Lee of Leon bought the Agnes Dandy Jim eighty almost adjoining his homestead, and G. D. Pendray of Ravalli bought the Joseph Painted Head eighty a mile below Ravalli. At this rate it will take many years for the government to dispose of this land under the present rules, but there is hope that these will changes soon, and some scheme inaugurated which will give the buyer time payments."

November 26, 1916 from The Daily Missoulian: Duncan McDonald says that the name of LoLo began with a half-boozed Frenchman by the name of Lawrence who lived with . . . and had a Flathead wife. Indians couldn't pronounce the letter R and so gave his name a strange pronunciation LaLa or LoLo. This man with family an others were hunting in the Wood River country near the headwaters of the Salmon River about 50 miles south of where Salmon City now stands trapping beaver when attacked by a Blackfeet war party. They fled and wandered for some days in the wilderness and finally found a Flathead camp near where Salmon City now stands.

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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