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Arlee 59821,Missoula Area

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Location: South of Arlee

Named for Jacco (Jacques) Raphael Finlay, a fur trader and trapper in the Kootenai and Flathead Indian country, 1806-09.

By treaty of Aug. 27, 1872, the Flathead Indians were supposed to have relinquished claim to their hereditary lands in the Bitterroot Valley, accepting the present reservation in lieu thereof Charlot, head chief of the Flatheads, always denied signing the treaty although when the papers were filed in Washington his name appeared on them, possibly a forgery.

Arlee (pronounced Ahlee by the Indians) was a war chief and did sign the treaty so the Government recognized him thereafter as head chief. Charlot never spoke to him afterward.

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