Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
age 18 Whoop-Up in Lethbridge's Indian Battle Park Before you leave Holiday time is no time to worry about car troubles or whether the hot water heater was turned off. A lot of the lilt will be lost if you leave any doubts behind to nag you all through your vacation. Here's a list of the important items to look after before you lock the front door: make sure fire -insurance and other policies you may carry in your home are in force and paid up: extinguish all lights except one or two. turn the thermostat to the low position or shut off the furnace. turn off all gas jets; leave the shades up; turn off the hot water heater: clean out and turn off the refrigerator; cancel telltale deliveries of milk and newspapers. close and' lock all windows and doors: with the aid of. a friendly neighbor you can have your mail picked up or forwarded, your house plants cared for and. perhaps, the garden watered occasionally. Park site of last great Indian fight Indian Battle Park, a 16- acre playground within the boundaries of Lethbridge and located in the west coulee flats beside the Oldman River, today is an area of quiet repose and offers an escape to nature for the visitors of Southern Alberta. At one time, however, it was a battlefield. It was the scene of the last great battle between the Crees and Assiniboines on the one hand and the Bloods and Blackfeet on the other. A cairn in the park describes the battle briefly as follows: "Blackfeet Cree Battle. In autumn 1870 about 800" Crees and Assinboines attacked the Blood and Blackfeet across the river. The Blackfeet repulsed the invaders, drove them into the river near here and ruthlessly slaughtered them. Final loss estimated 200 to 400 Crees and 40 Blackfeet. This was their last great battle, and the river ran red with blood Gerald L. Berry, author of The Trail. tells the story thus: "Laic in Uie of 1870 (he last great Indian bailie was fought on the present site of Le'hbridpe, The Cree thought the time opportune, as the Blackfeet tribes had been decimated with a smallpox epidemic of the previous year. "The story of this last great battle is well preserved, for among the Peigans who took part in it was Jerry Potts, a halfbreed who was to become the most famous of the North West Mounted Police scouts. "Some tales record that Potts was director of activities for the victorious tribes, but this is very improbable in view of the well-established hierarchy of the chieftainship in the Confederacy. Through the coulees and across the river the battle raged. The Blackfeet. although victorious, losing about 40 killed and having about 50 wounded. The exact loss of the Cree was not ascertainable." Preserve wilderness The matter of preserving (he wilderness by keeping it free of. Utter is an obligation of even- person.