1830—At Fort Union on what would become the Montana-North Dakota border, the American Fur Company initiates trading with the Blackfeet.
1850s—Demand for leather drive-belts and and the popularity of buffalo robes lead to year-round demand for bison hides.
1873—Secretary of the Interior Columbus Delano encourages the slaughter of bison as a means to subjugate Native Americans.
1884—Due in part to the disappearance of bison, the Blackfeet have become dependent on government rations for survival. When food supplies don’t reach them, hundreds perish.
1884—Fewer than 100 hides are shipped from the Miles City-Glendive area.
From the newspapers
- Bison in Chicago, Bozeman Avant Courier, October 31, 1873, p. 4
- The Territory, Bozeman Avant Courier, February 22, 1877, p. 3
- Live Stock, Rocky Mountain Husbandman, June 10, 1880, p. 4
- A Battle With Buffalo, The New North-west, August 13, 1880, p. 4
- Local Notes, The River Press, November 29, 1882, p. 5
- Territorial...A correspondent for the Sun River Sun, Rocky Mountain Husbandman, June 26, 1884, p. 2
- No More Buffalo, Sun River Sun, March 12, 1885, p. 1
- The White Buffalo, Great Falls Tribune, August 22, 1885, p. 4
- The Buffalo Chipper, Great Falls Tribune, December 12, 1885, p. 1
- On a Buffalo Hunt, Daily Yellowstone Journal, September 25, 1886, p. 4
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Written by Catherine W. Ockey