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posted 24 December 2005 07:44 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(Victoria) Washington state officials are working on an apology to British Columbia for the 1884 lynching of a 14-year-old member of the Sto:lo tribes by an American mob.

Louie Sam was being held by provincial authorities in February 1884 when the mob crossed the border, abducted the boy and hanged him. He was a suspect in the killing of a shopkeeper in Nooksack, in what is now Washington state's Whatcom County.

The Sto:lo and historians believe the boy was innocent.


Keith Carlson, a professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, became interested in the case a few years ago while working as a consultant for the Sto:lo. He found records in the B.C. Archives that described an undercover operation by two provincial police officers who went into Washington Territory - it didn't become a state until 1889 - after the lynching to investigate the death of the shopkeeper, James Bell.

The officers returned with statements from witnesses that implicated two Washington men, including the man who had lured Sam south of the border with an offer of for a nonexistent job and later took over Bell's business. The second man married Bell's widow.

"I don't think there's any doubt but that Louie Sam was innocent," Carlson said.

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posted 28 February 2006 02:43 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Washington state to "acknowledge injustice" of 1884 lynching of Louie Sam

... Grand chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council said: "The acknowledgement of the lynching of Louie Sam -- that he was an innocent boy who died for the crime of others -- is an important step.

"It's big, it's what we can do today to right a wrong. And it's a step to recognition and reconciliation."

The exact wording of the resolution isn't known, though it will not involve the word "apology," which could carry legal implications. But the move represents a victory for both the Sto:lo and B.C. Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo, who used her influence to urge Washington state's lieutenant-governor to right the historic wrong. ...

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