The Day That Finally Came – Chris La Tray

Location

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
1380 Wisconsin Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937

Location 2

Whitefish
Montana 59937

Date

Jun 23 2022

Time

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Labels

In-Person

The Day That Finally Came – Chris La Tray

 

The Montana-based Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians became the 574th Indian tribe to be recognized by the United States government in December, 2019, after over 150 years of trying. Headquartered in Great Falls with more than 6,000 enrolled members, the Little Shell Tribe is connected to all area Anishinaabe tribes, including the Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine people, and, particularly, the Métis, or mixed-race. La Tray draws stories from historians like the late Nicholas Vrooman and Verne Dusenberry to reveal the larger reality behind the “Little Shell” name, including how conflict with the US government led to the fracture and spreading out of what were once tight, family-based bands, their members often finding refuge on other reservations and marrying into other Montana tribes, like the Blackfeet and Salish people. The program helps people better understand who the Little Shell are, and their part in the history of North America.

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