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Hi-Line Living: A first step to healing

After 150 years, victims of smallpox epidemic finally laid to rest

 

October 25, 2019

Havre Daily News/Derek Hann

As puffs of smoke drifted high into the air from a ceremonial fire, hundreds of Native Americans from Gros Ventre, or Aaniiih; Assiniboine, or Nakoda; Crow; Northern Arapaho, and other tribes gathered together outside of Dodson Saturday to hold a ceremony, held to help put to rest the spirits of those who died in a smallpox outbreak 150 years ago.

"I feel really good," organizer and Gros Ventre tribal member "Snuffy" Main said. "There has been a lot of community members who were excited this was taking place."

He added the Fort Belknap Indian Community is struggling with a variety of issu...



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