From what I recall, most of my schooling on America’s Westward Expansion focused on the period from a white perspective. I remember learning about the struggles and successes of the pioneers’ trek west, but not so much their impact on Native tribes whose land they claimed as their own. An upcoming event from the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture seeks to fill in these historical gaps with a guided tour of the historic Fort Spokane from the tribal perspective, specifically focusing on our region’s calculated division of settlers and Native peoples. The fort, built in 1880 at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane rivers, was established to “maintain boundaries” of the then newly created Spokane and Colville Indian reservations. Leading the tour is former Spokane Tribe Chairman Warren Seyler, along with MAC interpretation manager Logan Camporeale. Tickets include lunch and transportation to the site and back.
Sun, Aug. 12 from 8:45 am-3 pm • $60/members, $65/nonmembers • The MAC • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org • 456-3931
— Chey Scott