A look at history: Old Fort Lewis

A look at history: Old Fort Lewis

There are 4 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Jun 10, 2011, titled A look at history: Old Fort Lewis. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

It started as a military fort in 1880 and evolved over the following century into a four-year liberal arts college.

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cold cream

Tuba City, AZ

#1 Jun 10, 2011
Ft. Lewis College was kept on to provide "a free education" for Native Americans. Let's nobody forget that. It has also (and more so) serviced a great many area non-Indians that would have otherwise not been able to travel far from home for and advanced degree. Thanks mostly to Colorado senators and congressmen that have supported it's existence, since it's inception. Thank you all. Jess Saying..........
bottom ash

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Jun 10, 2011
Sounds like Durango wants people to go there. And spend some New Mexico dollars. That Fort is for soldiers that did bad things to the Native Americans.
cold cream

Tuba City, AZ

#3 Jun 10, 2011
bottom ash wrote:
Sounds like Durango wants people to go there. And spend some New Mexico dollars. That Fort is for soldiers that did bad things to the Native Americans.
This is one of the few good things that has happened to and for not only Navajos but members of other Tribes as well. So what are you saying "ash can", are you proposing shutting it down and boarding it up like all the other things that tax payers have provided for your people? Here, I thought you were a bit smarter than that. Sorry, I over estimated you. I won't happen again. Just another jon after all.

Placitas, NM

#4 Jun 15, 2011
[email protected] ash.

Bad things? That fort protected the navajos from the whites. Farmington citizens on several occasions telegraphed a request for the army to come to farmington and put down an "indian uprising" or to force the navajos "Back to the reservation". Most times a small detachment from the fort investigated and found out that it was attempts by the farmington citizens to get the natives off of desired farmland. All this is public record and can be found in the Annual Reports to the Secretary of War between 1881 and 1891.

I dont know why Duane Smith is so obsessed with the 9th cavalry. They were never stationed at Fort Lewis. They were sent there for three weeks when it looked like there may actually be a need for combat operations, which never occurred. The Fort was home to units of the 6th cavalry and the 22nd infantry.

So find out the truth before saying how bad the army was. Remember that at the time the army and BIA noted how the navajos were one of the few tribes that did NOT need government assistance to survive. They commented on their immense flocks of sheep and crops. Look how that has changed.... Could the NN function without federal funding? I doubt it.

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