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Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands by Brenden W. Rensink, Texas A&M Press, 2018

Chapter 9, Note 55 (pages 192 and 268)

Bole and Linderman requested permission for them to camp at the southern end of Fort Assiniboine, but this was denied by new secretary of the interior Franklin K. Lane. (p. 192)

for further sources and discussion of numerous parties writing in support of Chippewa and Cree settlement during these months. (p. 268)

A broad spectrum of people wrote to federal officials, and Secretary Lane in particular, seeking aid for Chippewas and Crees. Montana’s Bureau of Child and Animal Protection Secretary M. L. Rickman expressed his concerns for the welfare of Cree children in the state and requested aid from U.S. Senator T. J. Walsh, who forwarded them to Secretary Lane. Linderman and others procured funding for supplies at Fort Harrison and on the Blackfeet Reservation. Agent McFatridge of the Blackfeet Reservation also petitioned the Department of the Interior, explaining his councils with Bole and other prominent Montanans about their eagerness to settle and resolve the Chippewa-Cree predicament.[1] William Bole had met with Secretary Lane earlier in the summer, and Lane had expressed his desire to assist.[2]

[1] M. L. Rickman to T. J. Walsh, November 3, 1913; T. J. Walsh to Franklin K. Land, November 12, 1913; Authorization to Supply Rocky Boy’s Band, October 20, 1913; Arthur McFatridge to Cato Sells, November 20, 1913; and Arthur McFatridge to Cato Sells, November 21, 1913, RG 75, RB Files, NARA-DC, Part 4; and Unknown to Frank B. Linderman, September 29, 1913, Linderman Papers, MSHS.

[2] William Bole to Franklin K. Lane, September 8, 1913; William Bole to A. A. Jones, September 20, 1913; and William Bole to A. A. Jones, October 2, 1913, RG 75, RB Files, NARA-DC, Part 4.