Fort Shaw in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School
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. 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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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.