Chosen by tribesmen to secure $1,000,000
Newspaper photo and clipping from the Spokane Chronicle covering a large land claims settlement.
People:Chief Batiste Big Smoke, Meshel Ignace, Charlie Smelt, Antoine Isidor, Louis Meshel, William S. Lewis
Chosen by tribesmen to secure $1,000,000. - These five Kalispell Indians have been chosen is solemn council of the tribe to collect $1,000,000 from Uncle Sam for unwarranted encroachment of the white man on their hunting grounds. They have retained William S. Lewis, Spokane attorney and widely known Indian authority to act for them. Mr. Lewis has left for Washington to present the claims of the tribe before the Indian affairs committee. The lands of the Kalispells originally ran from the Pend Oreille valley at the international boundary southeast through Lake Pend Oreille into Montana, near the mouth of the Flathead river. The tribe claims land and fishing privileges have been taken from them without treaty, cession or payment.
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Source:Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. State History box 143.