|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1900|
Chief Washakie was of mixed tribal heritage so was concidered an outsider in the beginning. The son of a father from the Flathead Tribe in Montana and his mother was a Shoshone Indian from Idaho named Agaiduka, or Lemi, which means Salmon-Eater. They had several sons together, only two mentioned, Dick and Marshall Washakie. His exact birth unknown, but most likely around 1815, though 1798 and 1804 was mentioned or speculated. He moved from Montana after the Blackfeet Indians attacked his family and village, eventually settling in Wyoming, setting up a reservation there. Chief Washakie was known for his exploits in fighting and also for his friendship with the white man who were the the early pioneers. When wagon trains passed through Shoshone Country, he offered supplies, rounded up stray cattle, and guided their routes. Chief Washakie died after a year long illness, around the age of 85.
Taken out of a speech by Chief Wasakie: "The White Man, who possesses this whole vast Country from Sea to Sea, who roams over it at pleasure and lives where he likes, cannot know the cramp we feel in this little spot, with the underlying rememberance of the fact, which you know as well as we, that every foot of what you proudly call America, not very long ago belonged to the Red Man. The Great Spirit gave it to us. There was room for all His Many Tribes, and all were happy in their freedom. The White Man's Government promised that if we, the Shoshone's, would be content with the little patch allowed us, it would keep us well supplied with everything necessary for comfortable living, and would see that no White Man should cross our borders for our game or anything that is our's. But it has not kept it's word! The white man kills our game, captures our furs, and sometimes feeds his herds upon our meadows. And your great and mighty government, oh sir, I heritate, for I cannot tell the half, it does not protect our rights! It leaves us without the promised seed, without tools for cultivating the land, without implements for harvesting our crops, without breeding animals better than our's, without the food we still lack, after all we can do, without the many comforts we cannot produce, without the schools we so much need for our children. I say again, the Government does not keep it's word!"
Charles Washakie (1873 - 1953)*
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Record added: Nov 01, 2005
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