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May 18, 2017

This Week in Tribal History

Mary Rogers, Tribal Preservation Department

May 18, 1892 from The Missoula Gazette: “Major Ronan came in yesterday. He has about concluded arrangements whereby the greater portion of the Kootenai Indians move onto the Flathead Reservation or across the British Line. About ten families will stay at Bonner’s Ferry on their land at that point and of the rest half will go to the Flathead and half to British America. Some of the Indians had, indeed, already begun to move after the first council and had driven their cattle across the line without paying duty on them. Major Ronan went up to hold a council with them and telling them that it was against the law, persuaded them to drive the cattle back. He then telegraphed to the English Commissioner of Indian affairs at Victoria and received reply that the cattle must pay a duty of twenty per cent, as in all other cases. The English government makes no objection to the transfer of the Indians, however, as they properly belong there. The Indians will now dispose of a sufficient number of the cattle to pay the duty on the remainder.”

May 16, 1912 from The Big Arm Graphic: “Dr. Dixon was down from Dayton again Monday to see Mrs. Baptiste, whose illness dates from her confinement two weeks ago. The Doctor says her condition is very serious, and he had little hopes of her recovery.”

May 16, 1913 from The Sanders County Signal: Northern Pacific railway crew surveying on Flathead reservation. The track is to be laid from Dixon to Polson.

May 1913 from The Dayton Leader: “A report from Helena says the state land office has received from the government patents for 3,800 acres of land on the Flathead Indian reservation that was selected by the state in 1910. This season the state land department will advertise the lands, which it has just received, for sale or lease at public auction. When the Indians on the reservation were allotted, some of them were given allotments on sections 16 and 36, school lands. The state protested it was entitled

May 15, 1914 from The Plainsman: Basille Big Wolf secured liquor during the circus at Plains. He was arrest and sentenced to 60 days in Jail for the liquor violation and resisting arrest.

May 20, 1937 from The Spokane Chronicle: Mary Margaret Matt, Flathead, attended the DeSmet Mission School in Idaho. She took first in Oratory and in scholarship.

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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