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Fort Shaw in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
1. Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School Marker
Inscription.  "Come bring your lunch basket and you friends and have a good time," urged Montana newspapers in June 1897. The Fort Shaw Indian School's year-end exercises would begin at 1:00 p.m. with a band concert, followed by field games, recitations, and songs. And though the game of "basket ball" was invented only a few years earlier, the Indian girls at the Fort Shaw School were already beginning to form an invincible team.
Under the leadership of Dr. William H. Winslow, Fort Shaw's first Superintendent, the Indian boarding school was established in 1892 by the Department of Interior, Indian Services. Children representing several Native tribes came from all parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho to attend school at Fort Shaw.
Originally a military post, Fort Shaw was established in 1867 and named for Colonel Robert G. Shaw. It served to protect settlers and travelers on the Mullan Road. This regiment of soldiers (shown left) was stationed at Fort Shaw during the last years before its closure in 1891.
 
Erected by Sun River Valley Historical Society.
 
Location.
Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School Marker, inverse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
2. Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School Marker, inverse
This monument is a project of The Sun River Valley Historical Society, Year 2004

Caption: Site of the former Military Post, and Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School viewed from the Northwest to Southeast. Photographed in 1914.
47° 30.564′ N, 111° 49.2′ W. Marker is in Fort Shaw, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on School Loop near Old Fort Shaw Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 School Loop, Fort Shaw MT 59443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Undisputed Champions (a few steps from this marker); Fort Shaw (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Shaw (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sun River Crossing (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Indian 101: The Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School. The purpose of the Indian boarding schools, such as the Fort Shaw Indian School, was to strip from their students all vestiges of their Indian-ness. Thus, when the students arrived, they were stripped, their old clothes were often burned, and they were issued military-style uniforms. The boys would have their hair cut, as long hair was seen as incompatible with learning and American civilization. However, the general public was fascinated by Indians—Indians who looked like the stereotypes fostered by the Wild West Shows. (Submitted on January 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
3. Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School Marker
The marker is on the left near the tower.
Before image. Click for full size.
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4. Before
After, but at what cost? image. Click for full size.
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5. After, but at what cost?
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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