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Chief "Spokane Garry" Slough-Keetcha
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Birth: 1811
Washington, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1892

Chief Spokane Garry was a chief of the Spokane Tribe whose long, and ultimately tragic life spanned the fur-trading, missionary, and white settlement eras of the region. His father, also a Spokane chief, sent Garry off with fur traders at age 14 to be educated at the Red River Settlement's missionary school in Canada. Garry returned after five years, fluent in English and French, to become an influential leader and spokesman for his tribe. He opened a rough school to teach reading and writing and also taught his fellow tribesmen agricultural techniques. He participated in many peace councils, including those of 1855 and 1858, and was known as a steadfast advocate of peace and an equally steadfast advocate of a fair land settlement for his tribe. He never wavered on his insistence that the Spokane people should have the rights to their native lands along the Spokane River, a goal which proved unattainable. His own farm in what is now the Hillyard area of Spokane was stolen from him late in life and he and his sadly diminished band were forced to camp in Hangman Valley, where boys from the growing city of Spokane would throw rocks onto their tepees. A kindly landowner allowed Garry and his family to camp in Indian Canyon, where he lived out the rest of his life in poverty. He died there in 1892 and was buried in a pauper's grave. Decades later, a Spokane city park was named after him and a statue erected in his honor.

 (bio by: Darla Mays (Rodeogirl73)) 
 
Burial:
Greenwood Memorial Terrace
Spokane
Spokane County
Washington, USA
 
Created by: Rob Goff
Record added: Jun 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38244398
Chief Spokane Garry Slough-Keetcha
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Chief Spokane Garry Slough-Keetcha
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- Barbie Gant
 Added: Jan. 18, 2016
Rest in peace Garry."I knew him when I was only a boy as he was quite fond of my parents and often stopped at our house for a visit or a smoke with dad" - Seth Woodard
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 2, 2015

- Sarah
 Added: Aug. 6, 2011
 
 
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