Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The November 29, 1847 Whitman Massacre

After the first disease epidemics were initiated by white Christian leaders, Anishinabe ogimak responded quickly. In 1847, a measles epidemic was deliberately initiated by Marcus Whitman, who was not only a doctor, but he was also a Christian religious leader with deadly intentions. On November 29, 1847, Anishinabe soldiers retaliated against the evil white Christians who were amongst Marcus Whitman’s followers. The Whitman Mission was founded by the wicked Christian Marcus Whitman, in 1836. It was located about six miles from present day Walla Walla, Washington. After the deliberately initiated “Germ Warfare” ended, around half of the population of that regions Indians were dead. Some 67 people were in the Whitman Mission when the battle commenced, and 14 of them were killed, while the remaining 53 (women and children) were taken captive. Anishinabe ogimak allowed Whitman to establish a mission in the Walla Walla region because the whites insisted they wanted to preach the gospel. The Anishinabek learned otherwise.

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