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Photo: Letter BPhoto: Eloise Lopez's motherut Tendoy underestimated the intensity of his people´s resistance. For another quarter century, the Lemhis refused to leave their homeland. And Tendoy´s own heart had never truly been with the move, which he supported only briefly. At the time of his death, in May of 1907, he was still working to keep the Lemhis in Lemhi Valley.
Some said Tendoy fell from his horse into a steam while drinking and died of exposure. Others said he was murdered. His death never was fully explained.
By June, federal troops had escorted the majority of his people to Fort Hall. The Lemhis loaded what they could on horses and wagons, sent some of their heaviest items by train and and left the rest behind. Their oral history says their cries became a wail and the wail became a keen that reverberated through the valley. Even ranchers living on what had been Lemhi land were said to have wept as they watched them go.
"My father was a little boy when they left," Lemhi Elder Lucille Pohipe Eldridge said. "He never talked about it - never. They were pulled out; they didn´t want to leave. They had a lot of horses and cattle up there. They had to leave everything and walk."
Eloise Lopez´s mother was a teenager at the time.
"She told me about a woman who went into labor on the way and bled to death," Lopez said. "She remembered the mountain where it happened along the Big Lost River. They wrapped her in a blanket, and the men put her on the back of a horse and went and buried her."
Lois Navo´s grandfather and his family came on a wagon.
"My aunt died on the way," she said. "They were promised a lot of things when they got to Fort Hall. They were supposed to get a tent and some wagons and horses and some money every year. They got a wagon and a team. I don´t know about the tent. I don´t think they ever got the money."


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