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May 17, 2003 - Issue 87


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Sacajawea's People Exiled From Homelands
Fighting to Restore Federal Recognition

by Kel Ariwite
credits: Map of the original Lemhi Valley Indian Reservation-The Bureau of
American Ethnology - A. Hoen & Co. Lith. Baltimore
Eighteenth Annual Report. PL. CXXIII

Map of the original Lemhi Valley Indian ReservationFYI ... did you know that Sacajawea’s people were exiled to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation (Idaho) after an executive order established a 100 square mile Lemhi Valley Indian Reservation by an executive order from President Ulysses S. Grant on February 12, 1875. The executive order established the reserve for the exclusive use of the tribes of the Agaidikas (salmon-eaters) and the Tukudikas (sheep-eaters) later known as the Lemhi-Shoshone, Sacajawea’s People.

Almost from the outset, however, the government and local residents began efforts to abolish the executive order reservation.  They ultimately succeeded in 1905 and in 1907 the Lemhi began what many have called the "Lemhi Trail of Tears," when we were forced removed from our ancestral homelands to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, home of the Sho-Ban Tribes.

Banished from our homelands in 1907 and seeking to return ever since, the Lemhi-Shoshone people create a dilemma for the nation. As it commemorates the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, the United States needs to reassess its commitment to the Lemhi people, to Sacajawea's people.

The obligation the nation acknowledges toward wolf and salmon recovery efforts is dwarfed by the responsibility it faces in treating fairly the people who played such a crucial role in advancing the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

There are more articles, photos, history and facts @, feel free to sign the online petition and read others comments about this scandal!

Thanks, Kel Ariwite
The Fort Lemhi Indian Community

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Just added from the research of the Washington State University History Department in help with restoring federal recognition

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