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Arapaho elders hold ceremony to bring closure on smallpox outbreak

Ceremony held on 150th anniversary hoped to quell suicides today


October 21, 2019

Havre Daily News/Derek Hann

People prepare Saturday a few miles from Dodson for a ceremony for people who died in a smallpox outbreak on that spot 150 years ago.

Editor's note: Watch for more on this in Friday's Hi-Line Living.

Hundreds of Native Americans from across Washington, Wyoming and Montana gathered together Saturday outside of Dodson for the 150-year anniversary of a smallpox outbreak which left many Native people from the Gros Ventre, or Aaniiih; Assiniboine, or Nakoda; Crow; Northern Arapaho, and other tribes dead.

Organizers hope the ceremony will help reduce modern suicides as well as.

The healing ceremony for the Aaniiih and Nakoda Citizens event was organized by the Gros Ventre Treaty Committee of the Fort Belknap Indian Community...

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