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Beneath the Backbone of the WorldBlackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877$
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Ryan Hall

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655154

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655154.001.0001

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A Future They Were Resolved to Achieve

A Future They Were Resolved to Achieve

(p.119) Chapter Five A Future They Were Resolved to Achieve
Beneath the Backbone of the World

Ryan Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the period from 1848 to 1860, and in particular on the 1855 Blackfeet Treaty, a crucial turning point in Blackfoot history. The late 1840s and early 1850s saw the growing presence of missionaries, migrants, and independent traders in the region, as well as increased conflict among Native people over bison hunting grounds. Blackfoot signers led by Lame Bull imagined that the 1855 treaty would strengthen their position in the region by establishing peace and protecting access to diminishing bison herds. However, U.S. treaty commissioners led by Washington governor Isaac Stevens believed the 1855 treaty would facilitate rapid immigration and settlement and ultimately transform the region, in keeping with growing American ambitions throughout the West.

Keywords:   1855 Blackfeet Treaty, Lame Bull, Isaac Stevens, Bison

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