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Photo: Letter IPhoto: the lemhis  donīt think thatīs because anyone is trying to paint a rosy memory," Lemhi County Historical Society President Hope Benedict said. "There have been comments that there was that kind of feeling from Caucasians toward the Lemhis, but I didnīt see it growing up here. That doesnīt mean it didnīt exist, but I didnīt see it. When I was in school, there was a Lemhi girl who was adopted by a white family.
"...The Lemhi culture has always been appreciated here. I know weīre accused of appreciating it only for its economic value, but I donīt think thatīs accurate."
James Caples, who is 86 and has lived in Salmon all his life, recalls the Lemhis as "living in poor circumstances we white people thought were squalid. They were second-class citizens. But the majority were good people who tried to get along and still live their own lifestyle. I think when there was friction, it wasnīt caused by the populous as a whole but by troublemakers, both whites and Indians."
By the ī70s, many of the whites who had helped the Salmon Lemhis by employing them or donating land, money or labor to improve their lives had died or moved away. Newcomers tended to view the camp as an eyesore.
Photo: the lemhis Navo, whose husbandīs family was one of the original six that never moved to Fort Hall, spent most of her life at the Indian Camp from age 21 until her mid-70s. In 1991, she and her husband, Alfred, returned from a visit to Fort Hall to an unexpected homecoming.
"When we got back, our house was gone," she said. "All gone. Maybe they thought nobody lived there anymore."
Navo, who is now 86, said she thought theyīd been gone a week or two. Sandy Sims, whose family owned the land where the camp had been built, remembers it as being much longer. He said transients were using the camp and that his family, concerned about liability, sold the land to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
The Navos moved to Fort Hall, where Alfred died in August, 2003. The former Indian Camp is now a park for children.

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