Native Americans propose to change YNP landmark names
By angelamontana

Posted: September 10, 2018

On a cold January day more than a century ago, U.S. troops massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children and old folks.

“It’s hard to imagine,” Chief Stanley Charles Grier of the Piikani Nation in Alberta, Canada said.

The people killed were his ancestors and accounts of the massacre are brutal. Soldiers killed a mother breastfeeding her baby. They shot sick people hiding under blankets.

“Survivors were basically executed by axes,” Grier says. “That’s pretty barbaric.”

The man who helped perpetrate this massacre was Army Lt. Gustavus Doane. He later went on to explore parts of Yellowstone and his compatriots named Mount Doane after him. The name stuck, and Grier wants to change it.

To read the full article by NPR, click here.

 

(Feature photo: Nate Hegyi/Mountain West News Bureau)