• Dig and Preserve Montana Magazine

    Dig and Preserve: Project aims to restore buried Indian reservation


    By JON AXLINE

     

    Just because you can’t see it anymore, doesn’t necessarily mean that significant information isn’t still there.

    Nowhere is that better illustrated than at the site of the second Crow Agency in Stillwater County. Known by various names, including Absaroka Agency, the spot was occupied from 1875 to 1884 but completely disappeared from Montana’s landscape by the second decade of the 20th century.

    The agency played an important role in the Centennial Campaign of 1876 when Colonel John Gibbon hired 23 Crow scouts there that summer to assist the U.S. Army in the war against the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Indians.

    To the Crow people, the agency represents something far different – the difficult and painful transition the tribe made from the self-sufficient days when they followed the bison herds to a more sedentary life on the reservation and dependence on the federal government for food and other necessities.

     

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