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Photo: Letter TPhoto: the lemhisendoy´s son Toopompey led the march to Fort Hall. Lucy Diaz, his granddaughter, lived with him and his wife, Nena, when she was a girl.
"It was hard for them," Diaz said. "They loved that country back in Salmon. They often talked about how much they missed it. Salmon was their country. My grandfather was sad about having to lead the people away from it. He and the other old chiefs always went back to visit."
The tie to the Lemhi Valley was strong enough that virtually all of those who moved to Fort Hall returned whenever they could, a practice that continues with their descendants.
Photo: the lemhis Six families never did go to Fort Hall, preferring economic hardship in the town of Salmon to the subsidized housing, medical care and other benefits of reservation life. The core of a small but determined Lemhi presence there, they lived in clusters of shacks locals referred to as the Indian Camp.
The camp was moved repeatedly as the white community grew. It typically had a population of 30 to 40 people, living in tents or makeshift huts of one or two rooms. They bathed and washed their clothes and dishes in a polluted creek. For drinking water, they filled containers at local businesses or at the homes of white neighbors. Medical care for most was a financial impossibility.


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