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On This Day: In 1870 the Marias Massacre (also known as the Baker Massacre) occurred. It is a little-known massacre of Piegan Blackfeet Indians by the United States Army which took place in Montana. The Marias Massacre occurred in the context of massive white American westward expansion. The Army received a scouting report that a group of Piegans, led by Mountain Chief, was camped along the Marias River. They attacked the site at Willow Rounds, but Mountain Chief had been warned and left the area, so the Army instead ended up attacking the camp of Chief Heavy Runner, who had enjoyed friendly relations with the white men. Although the Army scouts had reportedly warned that they were about to attack the wrong camp, they proceeded anyway. As the men of the camp were mostly out hunting, the raid was a massacre of mostly women and children. A hasty…
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