Felix Aripa confirmed that this is his father Stanislaus Aripa. Felix talks about his father going to Washington D.C. for negotiations on allotment both in 1906 and 1908. Felix has a picture of his Father Stanislaus and his mother Mary Aripa that was taken in Spokane City before he left for Washington D.C. with the delegation. Stanislaus Aripa was an interpreter for the Tribal Leaders who couldn't speak English. Felix recalls his dad saying, "k'wa'y q'emq'emilshn (they were still negotiating about allotment), t'i' khwe Washington (The people in Washington had already)...they had surveyors already surveying for allotments. They didn't even come to an agreement [yet]."
Stanislas Aripa was an interpreter for the Tribal Leaders who couldn't speak English. Felix Aripa, tells an anecdote of his father's (Stanislas Aripa) trip to Washington D.C. Stanislas Aripa is father of Felix Aripa
They, I don’t know, got a cab, got to his residence, hoy ch ntsu’wtsu’wipm (then we knocked on the door), said they opened the door and there was Senator Heyburn. He looked and said ah Pier (hello Peter)! You know Chief Moctelme called him Pier. (laughs) And that’s when my Dad told him, you know, that uh..their Superintendent, you know, that came with them, when we got here, he took off and we didn’t know where.
So that’s when they said they got into Senator Heyburn’s, they all sat down, and I guess he had a peace pipe. So he had, I don’t know which one of them to light it, you know, and they passed it around. He said he [Senator Heyburn] had an idea of what the Tribe wanted. [He] Said they were talking, and, while they where talking, you know, and then all at once.. somebody went and answered the door and here it was the Superintendent (laugh). Charles O. Worley..[he] said he come in. [The Superintendent was] asking “who is that?” [He] said we ignored him (laughs) MIL: They had no time for him. FA: He ignored them when they got there, and he was trying to make himself be introduced to Senator Heyburn. [they told Senator Heyburn] uh-h-h he’s the Superintendent (laughing).
--------------- Audio was recorded during an Elders Meeting at hnqwa’qwe’eln (Language Center) on 1-15-09. Elders in attendance: Marie Irene Lowley (MIL), Felix Aripa (FA). Other staff in attendance: Kim Matheson (KM) and Raymond Brinkman (RB). Audio transcription in English by Luke Sonder, a volunteer, and Coeur d’Alene Language portions by Kim Matheson.