Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
May 1t74 THI LITHBHiout OCHAI-L. Author calls Canadian rejection of Sitting Bull ironic The history of the Canadian West is often said to be an example of humane with not a lethal shot fired and virtually no long and bloody Indian wars. But there were shots fired and there could have been another Little Big Horn in Canada. After that battle in Southern many of the Sioux war including Sitting and their came to Canada seeking sanctuary. C. Frank author of Across The Medicine this week told a conference dealing with the history of the Northwest Mounted that there were serious international problems that erupted over the Sioux fleeing to Canada. Mr. Turner's book tells the story of the confrontation between Sitting Bull and the mounted police. Mr. Turner said the job of dealing with Sitting Bull fell in the hands of NWMP Superintendent James Morrow Walsh and his small detachment of officers. After some time Ottawa felt Walsh wasn't doing his job properly. don't believe Sitting Bull had an uncompromising desire to foment a direct confrontation with the although this had to be Mr. Turner said of the chiefs' wars with American soldiers and settlers. wanted only to be left alone to follow the paths of his forefathers. When Sitting Bull and his people came to he assured Walsh that he and his followers had crossed the line seeking Mr. Turner said. But the official Ottawa Mr. Turner was that the Sioux should be induced to return to United States reservations. He said Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie feared that the to obtain a would raid settlements across the plunder in and possibly destroy the mounted police in the process. had another that to avoid these contingencies Ottawa would have to feed them at enormous Mr. Turner said. He said in June 1877 it was suggested to the U.S. government that they shouldpersuade the Sioux to return. The reply came that the Sioux were political seeking asylum and the U.S. government oidn't have the right to seek extradition. After a number of messages and requests back and forth across the Mr. Turner said Mackenzie was thinking out loud of inviting U.S. loops into Canada to conveniently corral their evasive enemy. the U.S. government appointed a commission to negotiate with the Sioux for their said Mr. Turner. Walsh first mentioned to Sitting Bull that the commissioners were on their way to negotiate his the chief loosed his anger with a tirade of abuse against the he said. But the commission failed and the mounted police could not convince the chief to change his mind. Mr. Turner said Americans could not accept any assumption that the Sioux would not travel south of the border or be restrained by a handful of mounted police. onus was now on Walsh to control the wild Sioux spirits and months of nagging vexations and near calamities were he said. Mr. Turner said Walsh learned of a peaceful meeting between Sitting Bull and chief of tne traditional enemies of the Sioux. There were fears of the two Indian nations joining together revolt. major also heard that Louis nursing his anger in was fomenting a revolt of Indians and said Mr. Turner Sitting Bull remained in Canada for some time and his braves made frequent trips across the border in search of food of any and a few times Sitting Bull went with Mr. Turner said. As time went the Sioux became very hungry and many chiefs and their braves returned to the U.S. and surrendered. Mr. Turner Sitting Bull remained. Walsh was removed from his post and his position was filled twice before a plan to starve Sitting Bull and those few who stayed with him began. On July Mr. Turner Sitting Bull finally surrendered to the American army. wild spirit was he said. Bull and his Sioux were in Canada for four years and never did they stand a real chance of obtaining a home or a reservation. view of this country's leniency to later the recent legalizing of thousands of illegal it is possibly ironic that this one man and his people were so cruelly Mr. Turner said. County tables farm garage visitors last year- WARNER The Warner County council has tabled an application approval for a garage on Ted Bossert's farm four miles southwest of Conrad The chief licensing officer of the department of community affairs says the application is for a garage to overhaul farm equipment. The applicant was in the machine business at Coun. Elda Mueller of Wrentham said. he could help some said Coun Ed Pittman. Coun. Mueller said Mr. Bossert would have to pay a business tax because other garages pay this levy. Reeve J. H. Otto suggested the business would be better located in the hamlet. Coun. Mueller was asked to look into the application. Council approved an application from Jean Graham for a confectionary store and gasoline pumps north of the entrance to Writing On Stone Provincial 26 miles east of Milk River. District meetings must be advanced WARNER The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties has informed the Warner County council district meetings held prior to conventions will have to be advanced to enable councillors to study all proposed resolutions. The councils must see the resolutions before the conventions because of the impact these ideas have on the says the AAMDC. Reeve J. H. Otto and councillors Murray Holt and Ed Pittman were m accord with advancing dates of district meetings Boosters will help band raise for Expo trip BLAIRMORE A booster to aid the Crowsnest Consolidated High School has been formed to help the young people raise money to finance the band's trip to Expo at Spokane this summer. Heading the club are president Don vice president Frank secretary Mrs. Betty treasurer Gordon finance committee chairman Romeo and transportation committee members Don Reil and Everett Lindholm. It was decided to hold a house to house campaign for funds in Crowsnest Pass towns June 11. Donors will receive a ticket to a concert to be held June 18. About 80 band members will travel to Expo. A general meeting of parents and all interested persons will be held at the Crowsnest Consolidated High School at 8 p.m. May 22. Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON 562-2148 GOLF LESSONS Beginner's golf lessons are now being offered by the Qldman River Northern District Recreation Board to residents within the County of Leth- bridge. one-half hour lessons will be offered beginning May 30 in Nobleford and May 31 in Picture Butte. Lessons begin at on Thursday evenings in Nobleford and Friday evenings in Picture Butte. For further Contact The Recreation Office at 732-4774 All Participants Must Pre-register Through The Recreation Office LIBERAL NOMINATING MEETING will be held in Medicine Hat Public Library MAY 22 at p.m. Inserted by Medicine Hst Federal Liberal AMOC. Fort Steele opens June 21 CRANBROOK Nearby Fort Steel Historic Park is now open to visitors. The official opening will be held June 21. 'S Supervisor Struan Si Robertson says there is a 56-man staff almost equal to the original population of the village immediately prior to its restoration and provincial park status. Last year there were visitors to the park. The museum is open and will soon have a full-time curator. It also houses and upstairs the Fort Steel tearoom for light to be operated on concession this year by Vi Boyle of Kimberley. Rearrangement of excellent historic and scientific displays is in process. Tink Robinson and his Judy are preparing the 1974 Wild Horse Fling review for the new twice-daily program of variety and skits expanded to six which will open June 21. Restored 1890s trades which will possibly be manned and are a print shop and blacksmith. The park's own three- mile steam railway hauled by and hay wagon and stagecoach hauled by the.resident Clydesdale will be continued this year. For a serious historic the year-long garrison point for Major Sam Steele and 75 personnel of the Northwest Mounted Police an educational officer has been appointed In 1973 about district children came in 62 bus excursions to see East Koote nay's first community which was prompted by a gold strike in which then became a razzle dazzle frontier town of the 1880s. Pre settlement museum exhibits go back to the earth's earliest known trilobites which abound in the area and fossils. Its indigenous Kootenay Indian history century before settlement is and it was transition of establishing peace between Indians and white newcomers that led to the Steele garrisoning. The education officer will interpret this for with resource of the site and the museum. Commercial activities outside the designated historic operated only with government include a KOA trailer and tenting Barry Vaile's placer mining demonstration on Wild Horse Creek with guaranteed gold dust results and his mining museum will continue as fringe activities. So far artificial razzle dazzle has not dimmed the ideal of the early days flashback which charms so many visitors and district residents. Pioneer 56-man staff almost equals original population. Dates to gold rush one of the original log cabins at Fort Steele WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 Day May 23rd 51fi-3rd AVENUE SOUTH Doer to Bank of Monlrtal Milk River pool opens MILK RIVER Milk River Swimming Pool will be officially opened by Mayor Cam McKay with a ribbon cutting ceremony at p.m. Monday. It will be highlighted by a demonstration of swimming by lifeguards. There will be free swimming all afternoon. The pool was built last year and was finished too late for swimming. Some landscaping remains to be done by the town. COUNTRY STILL WILD Nearly 15 million acres of U.S. wildlife areas can be travelled only on foot or horseback. Tlu- Herald- District Coleman council adamant COLEMAN Coleman town council wants a meeting at Edmonton soon with Highways Minister Clarence Municipal Affairs Minister David Environment Minister Bill Yurko and others to discuss the relocation of Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass. Highways Minister Copithorne's recent decision to reroute the highway through the north Coleman area has council adamant in its opposition to this development. Council's consensus is that if the downtown route is not consideration should be given to locating the highway south of the town. Council says the north route will create a multitude of problems for the especially in developing new subdivisions. Council received correspondence- indicating that Marathon Realty wants to subdivide some of its right- of-ways through town. Council felt that this land should not be subdivided but the land should revert back to the municipalities. Most of the land is choice property. Concert FORT MACLEOD The Alberta department of youth and recreation will sponsor an artists night in residence May 23 at the G. R. Davis School. The Third an instrumental ensemble comprising a violinist and will perform. Magrath- Cardston band in B.C. MAGRATH The Magrath Cardston Marching Band performs today at B.C. They will be strutting their stuff in the Victoria Day parade Monday and competitions will occupy the band all that day. Buses leave Victoria at noon Tuesday for the return trip It culminates months of preparation. The band prepared for these engagements with a.m. practices Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as regular band classes. One hundred students took part in a walkathon. It was a 20-mile walk from the Del Bonita district to Jubilee Park here. Ninety finished. Winners were David Lloyd Cahoon and Bobby Bullock. They started at and came in at 8 a.m. The last one home was Tyler band mascot. He is the bandmaster's son but had to earn his bus fare like everyone else. He started the walk and strolled in after lunch well satisfied with his achievement. Fire Chief Henry Zak requested that council consider increasing the volunteer firemen's wages from to for the first hour and from to per hour while attending fires. He also requested fireman be paid per practise instead of More funds are also required when the brigade attends out of town functions and competitions. Council will consider the request. Council will contact paving crews and curb and gutter contractors who will be doing Blairrnore streets this summer with a view to doing some work in including the new Pineview subdivision. A public meeting will be held at 7 p m. Sunday. May to discuss the town's plan to build a new town office complex and library. Council received information the equipment for the rebroadcast to be set up on Bluff Mountain at will arrive here in mid-August. It is expected the station CFCN-Calgary will be in operation by mid September and will be on Channel 8 All costs were borne by the Coleman Light and Water Company. Coleman council and the Elks Lodge did all the promotion work to get the unit for the 'Pass. Council has been in contact with the Alberta Housing Corporation requesting information on funds for construction of single family units for citizens of Coleman 65 years of age and over who are not or to enter the local Crowsnest Pass Senior Citizens Home. Town secretary treasurer John Kapalka informed council the provincial municipal assistance grant of has been received. COMPLETE HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE AT LOWER RATES HUNT INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. 1201-3rd 8. Phone 328-7777 ABSTAINER'S INSURANCE COMPANY Tht only Canadian Company pfovldfrtp. autonwolla and flra hiaiiranea axchialvtly to abataliMra.