Indian Congress, Spokane

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Indian Congress, Spokane

Description

The First National Indian Congress was held in Spokane in October 1925 and then again in July 1926. About three thousand Indians, representing thirty-four tribes of the Northwest, attended the first Congress in 1925. They pitched seventeen tepees on Riverside Avenue and over seventy at Glover Field in Peaceful Valley. Events included a parade through downtown, ceremonies, games and dances at the Gonzaga Stadium. One of the highlights of the Congresses was the selection of an Indian Princess. The first Congress was largely organized by white city boosters, but the tribes got involved in the planning for the second one. More Indians attended the second conference but registered in hotels instead of pitching tepees. The second Indian Congress was the last as the Indians resented the white control of their Congress.

Items in the Indian Congress, Spokane Collection

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-003
"R. L. Rutter crowning and introducing the Indian Princess of the Congress."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-004
"The princess being instructed just before her crowning at the Gonzaga Stadium."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-006
"Indian Princess, mounted, on parade in the pageant at the Gonzaga Stadium."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-007
"Indian Congress on Riverside Avenue."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-008
"Blackfeet Tepees - Riverside Avenue - Northwest Indian Congress"

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-009
"Bromide enlargement of Indian activity at the Gonzaga Stadium."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-012
"Blackfeet tipi pitched on the parking in Riverside Ave."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-014
"Indian activity at Gonzaga Stadium."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-015
"Blackfoot Tipi on the parking in Riverside Avenue during the first Indian Congress in Spokane."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-016
"Blackfeet held ceremony at Indian Congress, 1925, Spokane, & welcomed several white men into the tribe. Scene on Riverside Ave. in front of Civic Building."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-017
"Felt, Smith, Dodd, Weholt, Varner, Cook."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-018
"Section of the tipi encampment in Glover Stadium in October 1925."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-019
"Indian Congress, Spokane, 1925."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-020
"Ed Dorrin, Dodd, Zinser, Ted Weholt, Wades in the Water, Felt, Claude Smith, Varner, Cook." "Blackfeet welcome aboved named men into tribe at ceremony held during Indian Congress."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-021
"Smith, Felt, Weholt, Cook, Dodd, Zinser, Varner." "Blackfeet welcome aboved named men into tribe at ceremony held during Indian Congress."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-022
"Indian camp from S.W. - NW Indian Congress, 11-1-25."

Northwest -- Indians -- Indian Congress, folder #1-023
"Indian Camp - Glover Stadium - from S.W. - NW Indian Congress. 11-1-25."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-024
"Looking down on the tipi camp circle in the Glover Stadium at the time of the first Indian Congress in the fall of 1925."

Northwest--Indians--Indian Congress, folder #1-031
Indian Congress, Spokane, 1925.

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-035B
"Blackfeet ceremony welcoming Cook, Ted Weholt, Felt, Jack Dodd, Smith and Zinser into tribe."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-034B
"One of the Indian young women members of the pageant parade at the Gonzaga Stadium, mounted and carrying a young girl"

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-008B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-006B
"Blackfeet Tepees - Riverside Avenue"

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-005B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-036B
"Weholt, Felt, Smith, Dodd." "Ceremonial staged by Blackeet in making Jack Dodd, Ted Weholt & others members of their tribe during the Indian Congress in Spokane, Fall 1925."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-016B
"Indian Congress, Spokane, 1925."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-015B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925"

NW -- Indians -- Indian Congress, folder#2-030B
"Indian Camp as on Sunday, November 1, 1925 at Sunset - NW Indian Congress, Spokane, Wash."

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-026B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925"

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-019B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925"

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-018B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925"

NW - Indians - Indian Congress, folder#2-010B
"Graham's - Indian Congress - November 1925"